Cabinet of CuriositiesArtist's comment
David Watt

Small image of artwork

Room to move - 'I have much pleasure in sending you… some preparations…'

In developing this work for the Cabinet of Curiosities, I was asked to respond to several texts dealing with the relationship between the naturalist George Bennett and Richard Owen. The aspect of this relationship that I became most interested in was that of the exchange of tangible parts of Australian animals both extinct and living.

These exchanges, which by necessity took place at considerable geographic and temporal distance, also created distances of other kinds, levels of abstraction and vagaries of interpretation. I decided to use as a vehicle for my work the kinds of images that might have been used in my own childhood to inform me about the natural world. Images that by now evoke a sense of nostalgia and also embody levels of visual abstraction and a curiously ambiguous relationship to the truth.

- David Watt

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