The Falling continues Claire Anna Watson’s ongoing investigation with food as symbolic of cultural and corporeal change. Multidisciplinary in approach, her practice explores aspects of contemporary culture and its relationship to foodstuffs, as well as humanity’s relationship to nature and the impact of scientific interventions on the natural world. Ephemeral matter is the medium for manipulation and experimentation, recontextualized to invite the viewer into a state of reflection on the natural, or not so natural, world. The Falling explores what Robert Nelson describes as a ‘spectacle of process’ whereby the ‘morbidity of falling, growing and corrosion’ enact ‘the unconscious pathology in our love of spectacle’.
Claire Anna Watson is a Melbourne based artist working across media from ephemeral installations, photography and video-based work, through to public art. Her recent work considers the transitory nature of existence and is focused on reinterpreting science and the natural world. She holds a Master of Fine Art from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate in Public Art from RMIT University. She has presented her works nationally and internationally and has been awarded international residencies that have culminated in major public art works.
The artist has held several solo exhibitions including at May Space, Sydney 2017; Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne 2016; and Gippsland Art Gallery and BLINDSIDE in 2011. Her works have been curated into numerous group exhibitions, including ReminiSCENT at May Space, Sydney 2018; Cornucopia at Shepparton Art Museum 2016; Made to Last, a NETS Victoria exhibition touring to galleries including McClelland Gallery and QUT Art Museum 2012; and FEAST: Pleasure + Hunger + Ritual at Lexington Art League, USA 2015.