david watson

David Watson

member of the Williams River Valley Artists’ Project

lives and works in Sydney
Link to artist website


works in the exhibition:

Australian Navigators  2015

Lambda print behind perspex

87cm (w) x 64cm (h)

David Watson + Garry Higgin
[image above, left]

The Bridge  2016

commissioned sign, hand-painted by Garry Higgin

3.3m x 3.3m

[image above, right; image below]

catalogue text:

Australian Navigators  2015

Australia Post’s original Australian Navigators series (1963) featured Cook, Tasman, Flinders et al. My ’21st-century navigators’ are Australians putting their lives on the line against fossil fuel. Locking-on to protest Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek mine in north-western NSW (l. to r.) are Australian rugby union legend David Pocock, fifth-generation local farmer Rick Laird, and 23-yr-old student Chantelle Brown from Wauchope.

The stamps re-deploy activist images shot by Front Line Action on Coal in late 2014.
Thank-you David & Emma Pocock, Rick Laird, Chantelle Brown & Chelsea Miller [who photographed Chantelle locked-on to ‘the echidna’] for letting me use your images.

When we went up to Maules Creek to support the anti-coal activists

I was surprised by how fearless and clear they were,
and by how fearful/conflicted
I felt about the
prospect of ‘locking on’ myself.