Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Judy Watson's "experimental beds" launch May 26 • Friday May 25, 2012

Judy Watson will launch her new work, experimental beds, with a reception and artist talk on Saturday, March 26 at grahame galleries + editions in Brisbane. The work will be on exhibition until June 30, 2012.

This set of six color etchings features Thomas Jefferson’s architectural drawings of the University of Virginia overlaid with images collected and produced by the artist. The work deals with issues of slavery that resonate with Watson’s personal family history.

Watson visited U.Va. in 2009 and saw the exhibition Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Inspired by Jefferson’s architectural drawings, she read a number of books about the slave families at Monticello, Jefferson’s home near Charlottesville. Some of Jefferson’s slaves are believed to be his own children with Sally Hemings.

Watson returned to U.Va. in October 2011 as an artist-in-residence with the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, a project supported by a grant from U.Va. Arts Council. At that time she proofed several prints with Professor Dean Dass and faculty and students in print classes at U.Va. Watson continued to work on the proofs when she returned to Brisbane, adding images from her visit to Monticello and other experiences in Washington D.C. and Charlottesville. The prints were editioned by Basil Hall Editions in Darwin.

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection partnered with the artist and grahame galleries + editions to publish this work.

For more information on experimental beds please contact Noreen Grahame at