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Sian Watson

About the work

Canberra based artist, Sian Watson, is highly influenced by the natural environment. Through growing up on a farm, familiarities of life and death and the processes in which the environment generates, have developed into reoccurring themes within her work. Watson utilises the visceral reactions that people have with these processes and plays on the ideas of time and movement; referencing animals that inhibit our landscapes. Much of Watson’s work references the human relationship with the land through the means of material, scale or shape.

“Flooded” draws upon the colonial history, the flooding of pastural land and development of Canberra. It also holds contemporary context within social, political and environmental ideas as the sheep stand on the shores across from Capitol Hill.

Photo credit: Sean Davey

About the artist

In 2015, Sian Watson graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours (First Class). She was a recipient of many awards as part of the Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS) winning the Margaret Munro Mentorship, a public commission with Crafted Development Inc. as well as much of her work being acquired.

Last year, Watson was studying and working in Canada, where she had her first solo show in Kingston, Ontario. This year she has participated in exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, with her work being represented at Sydney International Art Fair in September. Currently, Watson is now preparing her solo show with M Contemporary in Sydney in October.


  • Flooded
  • 2018
  • Sculpture
  • Flowfill grout, steel, wire mesh, paint