I am grateful for the opportunity to curate Looking Glass on the lands of the Wurundjeri people and, along with the artists Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce, respectfully acknowledge their ongoing custodianship of their country. We also wish to acknowledge and pay our respects to the custodians of the lands to which this exhibition will travel.
I would particularly like to thank the artists, Judy and Yhonnie, whose passion and commitment to telling the stories of our people has shone brightly throughout the difficulties of working amidst a global pandemic.
I would like to thank Victoria Lynn, Anthony Fitzpatrick and Michelle Mountain and all the TarraWarra team for their considerable support and enthusiasm.
I also extend my thanks to Jonathan Watkins and the team at Ikon Gallery, Thomas Ellmer, Mark Biddulph, Laura Jaunzems, Rachel Matthews, Melanie Pocock, Rebecca Small, Linzi Stauvers and all at Ikon, and particularly for their unstinting support of the artists both professionally and personally, at a challenging time.
I acknowledge the major exhibition partner, The Balnaves Foundation, for their generous support of this exhibition.
My thanks also extend to Claire Watson and Shae Nagorcka, NETS Victoria, for organising the extensive national tour of Looking Glass, and I thank Myles Russell-Cook for his excellent foreword.
I am grateful to the public and private collectors who have generously made their works available for inclusion in the exhibition: Bank Art Museum Moree; the Monash University Collection, courtesy of Monash University Museum of Art;
the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; the University of Queensland Art Museum; and RMIT University Art Collection, courtesy of RMIT Gallery. We also thank the private lenders who have generously loaned their treasured works for this exhibition.
I also appreciate the collegiality of Kate Tuart, Bank Art Museum Moree; Nick Mitzevich, Kate Buckingham, National Gallery of Australia; Chris Saines, Judy Gunning, Emma Schneider, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Charlotte Day, Emma Neale, Monash University Museum of Art; Jon Buckingham, RMIT Gallery; Effie Skoufa-Klesnik, University of Queensland Art Museum.
Judy Watson would like to acknowledge her family: Peter, Otis and Rani Carmichael who accompanied her on the trip to the UK to visit standing stones. She thanks Jonathan Watkins and the team at Ikon Gallery, Hetti Perkins, Geraldine Barlow, Yhonnie Scarce, and Victoria Lynn, Anthony Fitzpatrick, Michelle Mountain, and the team at TarraWarra Museum of Art. She acknowledges the assistance of Gaye Sculthorpe and Jill Hassel at the British Museum, and Nicholas Thomas, Dr Ali Clarke and the team at The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Judy also extends her gratitude to Josh Milani and Milani Gallery and all of her collaborators: Dale Harding, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Victoria Maclean, Dorothy Watson (art assistants); Joshua Maguire (video editing); Greg Hooper (sound design); Ali Clark, Maria Barbagallo, Robert Andrew (cinematography); Dhana Merritt (research and administration assistant); Lani Weedon and Indy Medeiros (studio assistants); and UAP for resistance pins. Finally, she wishes to thank her parents Joyce and Don Watson, her sister Lisa Watson and Maria Barbagallo who accompanied her on her trip to north west Queensland.
Yhonnie Scarce would like to thank the Jam Factory Glass Associates of 2020 for their assistance with the creation of Cloud Chamber. She would also like to thank Kristel Britcher, Drew Spangenberg, George Agius for their support in creating Only a mother could love them, Fallout Babies and Nucleus U235. Architect Mikhail Rodrick for his many hours of ‘mapping’ her cloud works. She is incredibly thankful to Hetti Perkins and Judy Watson for their friendship and guidance. She also acknowledges the support of Victoria Lynn and the team at TarraWarra Museum of Art.
LOOKING GLASS: JUDY WATSON AND YHONNIE SCARCE has been generously supported by
INAUGURAL FOUNDATION SUPPORTER
MAJOR EXHIBITION PARTNER
THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT THROUGH CREATIVE VICTORIA, AS WELL AS RECEIVING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FROM NETS VICTORIA’S EXHIBITION DEVELOPMENT FUND 2019, SUPPORTED BY THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT THROUGH CREATIVE VICTORIA, AND BY CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS AUSTRALIA THROUGH THE AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL FUND.