On the occasion of her exhibition “A Very Luminous Vision” Esther Pearl Watson speaks with writer William J. Simmons about the artist’s intimately detailed diaristic paintings that cull from her own memories and an archive of emails from family members and seek to transmute her personal history of caregiving into fantastical vibrant landscapes.
William J. Simmons is a writer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Queer Formalism: The Return.
Esther Pearl Watson lives and works in Los Angeles. Her paintings have been exhibited at McEvoy Family Collection, SF, CA; Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MI; Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY, NY; Concord Center for the Visual Arts, Concord, MA; Contemporary Art Museum of Plainview, Plainview, TX; University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Parkside, WI; Maureen Paley Gallery in London, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, amongst others. In 2013 she was Artist-in-Residence at Grafikiens Hus, Mariefred, Sweden. Her award-winning comic “Unlovable” was published in Bust Magazine and with Fantagraphics. She has published Blood Lady Commandos on Vice online and Welcome to Crapland on Adult Swim online. She has taught at Oxbow Artist Residency, the Lexicon of Sexicana at Columbia College in Chicago, and is currently teaching at ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California.
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