Whilst painting in-situ, Amanda Watson experiments with the ways in which artists can connect materials to the land. By constantly staying alert to what happens during that process, the work unfolds organically on the canvas. These discoveries are evident in the completed painting. One of the techniques is a form of frottage where Watson “wraps” the surface of the land, pushing the folds of canvas in and around rocks or up trees.
Taranaki, 15 May, Whaingaroa Raglan May 2019, and other times (full-size and detail). Ink, oil paint, compressed pigment, 210cm x 80cm. Courtesy of the artist.