Artist Features

Lou Watson

Watson, Lou. Score Instructions for Section of I-705, on a Wednesday, 2016. 2018 Individual Artist Fellow, Oregon Arts Commission.

Originally published February, 2018

Lou Watson has recently presented work at the Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA and Jubitz Truck & Travel Center, Portland. The dichotomy of this pairing is mirrored in the artist’s biography, where she notes, “I was born and raised in rural Britain, beside a Roman road called Pye Road. Now I live amidst a grid of Eisenhower-driven Interstates in the USA.” Watson’s recent projects use digital imagery, musical scoring and performance to consider both the systems of our contemporary transit and the characteristics of the communities and landscape we traverse. Other recent exhibitions, screenings and performances have taken Watson from the Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR; to Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do, Korea; and the Transmission Art Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Her work was included in Northwest Art Now, at the Tacoma Art Museum, which later acquired the piece. Watson received a BFA in Intermedia from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2015.

Courtesy of the Oregon Arts Commission.

Artist Credit: Lou Watson