Judy Watson introduces ‘tow row’

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Judy Watson’s work is deeply connected to concealed histories, the significance of objects and the power of memory and loss.

Watch our documentary on Watson as she discusses her inspiration for the bronze sculpture, her thought process and view the creation and installation of the the work at the entrance to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

In tow row, Judy Watson has responded to a site close to the Brisbane River by referencing woven nets used by Aboriginal people of the area, acknowledging the traditional owners of the site and their everyday fishing activities on the river and local saltwater waterways.

Judy Watson’s tow row was realised as a Queensland Indigenous Artist Public Art Commission. This QAGOMA initiative, part of the GOMA’s tenth anniversary celebrations, aimed to visibly acknowledge the contribution of Queensland Indigenous artists and the continuous role played by Indigenous Australians in the cultural life of this country.

Judy Watson, Australia b.1959 / tow row 2016 / Bronze / 193 x 175 x 300cm / Commissioned 2016 to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Gallery of Modern Art. This project has been realised with generous support from the Queensland Government, the Neilson Foundation and Cathryn Mittelheuser, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation /  Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist