The Denny's Parking Lot

by Esther Pearl Watson

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Artist Statement

My work has always been about telling stories, transporting the viewer through the patchwork fields and neglected small towns of a quirky Texas childhood. 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. Setting the field on fire with a careless use of an acetylene torch or finding that our TV had been pawned for a sheet of aluminum was not uncommon. Like many teen girls I kept a journal, a safe haven to record my thoughts and my concerns, my security blanket for when life became too much. My paintings, filtered through the eyes of someone who is now removed from that chaos, document a time in my life that was often surreal, the truth stranger than fiction. Through humor and faux-naive charm, my works are part fantasy, part homage to the past, made of mixed materials such as acrylics, graphite, silver leaf, glitter and spray paint. As in dreams, parts of my stories fade and become blurry, shifting and morphing into tangled events. In a way, the works become the truth.

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+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
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+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

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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... Read More
pull.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and collected by Matt Groening, Cindy Sherman, David Byrne, Megan Mullally and Morgan Spurlock.
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