Dawn Watson

Visual storyteller
Message from GRACE
Nationality: American
Biography: After twenty-five years as a professional dancer,  Dawn Watson shifted her artistic practice to photography. Watson’s photographic renderings continue to explore form, space, light, movement and story telling, just as she did as a... read on
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Message from GRACE
Credits: dawn watson
Date of Work: 12/31/69 - Ongoing
Updated: 12/04/17

Message from GRACE: Imaginings of an Altered World

Orbiting in space, NASA's GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) mission satellites relay data that has transformed our analysis of the Earth's system. Here on Earth, I make photographs that visually interpret the GRACE data. These twin satellites are two bodies in constant motion. The shifting distance between these partners is measured by microwave sound, signaling gravitational shifts of water and mass. In this work I create an alternative based on the potential effects of these seismic shifts, offering an inverted reality that is present but not yet seen. Delicate details or vast landscapes are familiar yet strange, holding both beauty and decay, alarm and possibilities.

“...the places are what remains, are what you can possess, are what is immortal. They become the tangible landscape of memory. “ Rebecca Solnit, from The Field Guide to Getting Lost. 

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