DETAIL : Jimmy BAKER 'Katatjita' 2006 synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Courtesy of Marshall Arts Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery, � Jimmy Baker
Judy WATSON | headhunter

Australia 1959
headhunter 2006
pigment, pastel and acquarelle pencil on canvas
192.0 (h) x 103.0 (w) cm
Courtesy of Richard and Catherine Williamson
© Judy Watson. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

a red, hot work with burnt umber and swirls of white pastel across the throbbing surface – through this a form, almost like the head of a feral cat emerges

either side barely visible are two shapes derived from mutton bird skulls found at Bawley Point, South Coast, NSW a baler shell is hidden within the bottom section of the canvas

The title is from the name of one of Herbie Hancock’s albums, ironic, twisting the notion of the exotic ‘other’ as savage/cannibal/dangerous

the artist and the animal/cat as headhunter/collectors of imagery, found objects and ideas

Judy Watson, studio notes, 2007