david watson

David Watson member of the Williams River Valley Artists' Project lives and works in Sydney Link to artist website   WATSON_both_small   works in the exhibition: Australian Navigators  2015 Lambda print behind perspex 87cm (w) x 64cm (h)   David Watson + Garry Higgin The Bridge  2016 commissioned sign, hand-painted by Garry Higgin 3.3m x 3.3m   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.