Janna Watson | Poems

Janna Watson | Poems

February 10 - 24, 2024
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception: Saturday February 10, 2-4pm
Artist in Attendance

Bau-Xi Vancouver proudly presents Poems, the highly anticipated new solo exhibition by Toronto based artist Janna Watson. For this dynamic body of work, the artist found inspiration in deeply contemplating the nature of art as language, and the distilled and expressive power of the abstract gesture. 

We are thrilled that the artist will be in attendance at her Vancouver opening reception for the first time since the onset of the Pandemic.

Artist statement:

“Language is not a tool we have, it is a shapeshifter, a being that lives with us, walks and talks with us and has its own business and intentions.” -Anne Carson

Part of the exhilaration I acquire from painting is being able to see shifts within myself manifested into physical reality. The most truthful form of expression I have found in my life thus far has been the abstract language of painting. Self growth is fluid and often goes unnoticed, but when I am painting I can see worlds within myself being constructed and deconstructed. These moments and movements are intuitive and represent my internal landscapes. The more I learn about painting, I learn about myself. The more I create, the more I realize that art is about art. Creation creates and it is an infinity of unfolding, effortless action. This series was created in the joy of autumn. I fell in love and didn’t have expectations for the first time in my life. I approached these works with the same unforced joy.

-Janna Watson 2024


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