Dreams gives us hope and drives us forward, while demons hinder and challenge us. We are formed as individuals. Inspired by the film Director Ingmar Bergman’s infamous demon list, Dreams & demons captures the hopes and fears which reside within us as individuals and as community. This piece is a platform where dreams can be revealed to inspire others, and where demons can be voiced and released.
This artwork relies on the input of its viewers, and I ask you to delve into your heart and write me your dreams and demons to be be incorporated into the artwork through stitching and weaving.
Conversations are fundamental to my art-making. I am interested in the stimulus and symbolic meaning of colour and pattern and use them within my drawing, printmaking and textile-based artworks to explore the idea of identity –whether it be a person, culture or place. I also work with the idea of the ‘double-take’ and drawing in the viewer to explore more nuanced subtexts. The preoccupation with identity emerged and developed while I was living in Sweden between 1996 and 2011 – initially as a foreigner and then as a naturalized Swede. I received my MFA from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2000 and returned to Avalon in 2011 after a fully funded year-long Artists Residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
Jessica b Watson is Australian-by-birth and Swedish-by-choice and is presently based in Avalon Beach. Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia, Sweden, Malaysia and the UK.