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.