My eccentric father's obsession with building spaceships out of scrap metal in the backyard often led to disastrous results, forcing our family to move again and again, one step ahead of trouble. Finding he'd set the field on fire with his careless use of an acetylene torch or that our TV had been pawned for a sheet of aluminum was not uncommon. My work has been about telling stories of the uncanny. For me, life has been simultaneously humorous and dysfunctional, marked by the banal struggle to pay bills and the visionary ambition to change the future. The value of memory is the awareness that one can reform the present. I make work that raises discussions and allows for transcendence beyond the centered self.
Esther Pearl Watson
Esther Pearl Watson grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Her family moved often since her father's hobby of building huge flying saucers out of scrap metal and car engines didn't always sit well with the neighbors. Esther's pieces are often overtly narrative, clear but mysterious, scenes of houses or figures, ornamented with snippets of prose telling just enough to get the viewer's own imagination engaged and wanting to know more. Some are about family, some about places, all have a rich interior life. Her works without words are just as suggestive as a story, also exerting a deep emotional pull. Her work has been exhibited nationally and collected by Matt Groening, Cindy Sherman, David Byrne, Megan Mullally and Morgan Spurlock.