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Michael Watson

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Intertwining, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 68 x 45 inches
Infinitesimal Permutation, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 68 x 45 inches
Mutual Permeability, 2015, plaster, rocks, charred wood panel, 36 x 48 inches
In the End, 2013, Charred birch plywood, garment, rice, LED lights, and fire, 15 x 55 x 102 inches
Body II, 2014, Charred rice residue, fire and birch plywood, 48 x 72 inches
Artist's Statement

Through a multidisciplinary practice, my work explores the thresholds of perception, representation and matter through alternative processes and materials, abstraction, and mixed media. I seek out and test new materials related to specific ideas and my own cultural experience. This has led to the development of rice-based mediums and applications in my work.

I started using rice to represent living matter, specifically the body. I saw it as a unique and malleable substance to imagine physical life in a transitory state between the corporeal and the metaphysical. Through mixed media, installation and performance, I hope to challenge our notions of being, substance and imperceptibility.


Michael Watson (b. Knoxville, TN) is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in New York. His practice engages alternative processes in mixed media, installation, and performance and uses rice to explore themes related to being, substance and imperceptibility.
His work has been exhibited throughout the US, including the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2014), The New Museum, New York, NY (2013), The Kitchen, New York, NY (2013), Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY (2014), the Governor’s Island Art Fair, Governor’s Island, NY (2012/13), and the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN (2006). He has been an artist-in-residence at the A.I.R. Program on Governor’s Island (2013), the New York Studio Program, New York, NY (2006); and a teaching artist for the Knoxville Museum of Art (2009 - 2011). He is currently participating in the Chashama studio program in Sunset Park.
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