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Yvette Watt

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Yvette Watt

Yvette Watt

Head of Studio, Painting
Lecturer - Painting/Drawing
School of Creative Arts

Room 3.23, Centre for the Arts, Painting Department, Hobart CBD Campuses

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Yvette.Watt@utas.edu.au

Yvette Watt's research focuses on the intersection of Animal Studies (also know as Human-Animal Studies), the visual arts and activism. Yvette has developed a substantial national and international profile for her research in this area, with her artwork and written publications regularly cited by other scholars and included in curated exhibitions.

Yvette has been lecturing at the School of Creative Arts, Hunter St since 1999, primarily in the painting department. She currently teaches painting at all levels from undergraduate through to postgraduate.

Yvette has held numerous solo exhibitions and has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards. Her work is held in a many public and private collections including Parliament House, Canberra, Artbank and the Art Gallery of WA.

Yvette is a co-editor of, and contributor to the collection of essays titled Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations (Ashgate, 2011) and was commissioned to contribute an entry on 'Art, Animal and Ethics' for the Encyclopaedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, (Marc Bekoff ed., Greenwood Press, 2009).

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDFine artUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2009
MFA University of TasmaniaAustralia2003
BEdArtCurtin UniversityAustralia1984

Memberships

Professional practice

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Animal Studies Journal

Committee associations

  • Committee Member (Treasurer), Australian Animal Studies Group 2009 – 2015
  • Committee Member Minding Animals Australia

Other

Teaching

Painting, Drawing

Teaching expertise

Yvette was awarded Teaching Merit Certificates, in 2013 and 2014

Teaching responsibility

Studio Coordinator, Drawing. Coordinator and Lecturer, Painting 2.

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Expertise

Yvette's primary research interests are based in the burgeoning area of scholarly study known as human-animal studies (HAS). She has been actively involved in animal advocacy since the mid 1980s, and her artwork is heavily informed by her activism and her interest in the changing nature of human-animal relations. Her research also reflects an interest in the relationship between how nonhuman animals are depicted and what this might have to say about how these animals are thought about and treated. Related to this is an interest in the role that art can play in engaging the viewer with social and/or political issues.

Yvette is a committee member of the Australian Animal Studies Group and the UTAS Animals and Society Study Group.

Research Themes

Yvette's research aligns with the University's research themes of Creativity, Culture and Society Maritime; and Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

Current projects

In July 2016 Yvette will convene a panel for the Animaladies conference on the intersection between art, animals and activism. She will also present a paper on the gendered nature of artists who feature animals in their artwork, which will develop upon data that was revealed in a survey of artists who feature animals, which was conducted in mid 2014 as part of her research for a chapter in the book Critical Perspectives in Meat Cultures (Annie Potts ed. Brill, forthcoming). Aimed at professional artists who feature animals in their work, the survey, was undertaken to provide evidence of and reasons for a perceived under-representation of 'farm' animals in the work of artists who feature animals in their work. However it also revealed a significant gender bias, with almost 80% of the respondents identifying as female. This is in keeping with the gender breakdown across the animal protection/advocacy movement but is in stark contrast to the gender bias in the visual arts in general which is closer to even, if not more heavily weighted towards men. 

Yvette is currently part of a research team with Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan (UNSW) and Dr Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (USyd) conducting a survey of Animal Studies scholars which will help build a picture of the different ways that Animal Studies is currently developing as a field, and the types of practitioners and practices it attracts and enables. The research also aims to find out more about how institutions (be they universities, colleges or research networks) support the work that is being done in Animal Studies today.

Fields of Research

  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Visual Cultures (190104)
  • Art Theory and Criticism (190199)
  • Lens-based Practice (190503)
  • Communication and Media Studies (200199)
  • Language, Communication and Culture (209999)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)

Research Objectives

  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Recreation (950103)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production (839899)

Publications

Total publications

43

Journal Article

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Watt YM, 'Artists, Animals and Ethics', Antennae, (19) pp. 62-72. ISSN 1756-9575 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(1 outputs)
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2011Freeman CJ, Leane E, Watt YM, 'Considering Animals: Contemporary Case Studies in Human-Animal Relations', Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 252. ISBN 978-1-4094-0013-4 (2011) [Edited Book]

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Co-authors: Freeman CJ; Leane E

Chapter in Book

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Watt Y, 'Down on the Farm: Why do Artists Avoid Farm' Animals as Subject Matter?', Meat Culture, Brill, Potts A (ed), Netherlands, pp. 163-183. ISBN 9789004325869 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015Watt Y, 'Animal Factories', The Art of The Animal, Lantern Books, Eddy K, Watson LA and O'Rourke J (ed), New York, pp. 143-154. ISBN 9781590564912 (2015) [Other Book Chapter]

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2013Watt YM, 'Animal Factories: Exposing Sites of Capture', Captured: The Animal within Culture, Palgrave Macmillian, M Boyde (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 75-84. ISBN 978-1-137-33049-9 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Watt YM, 'Making Animals Matter: Why the Art World Needs to Rethink the Representation of Animals', Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations, Ashgate, Freeman Carol , Leane ELizabeth , Watt Yvette (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 119-136. ISBN 978-1-4094-0013-4 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(1 outputs)
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2015Freeman CJ, Watt YM, 'Georgette Leah Burns and Mandy Paterson eds. Engaging with Animals: Interpretations of a Shared Existence', Animal Studies Journal, 4, (2) pp. 181-188. ISSN 2200-9140 (2015) [Review Single Work]

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Co-authors: Freeman CJ

Conference Publication

(7 outputs)
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2016Watt Y, 'Animal Factories and Anti-Duck Shooting: negotiating academia as an activist artist', Beyond the Human: Feminism and the Animal Turn Symposium, 9-10 February, University of Wollongong (2016) [Keynote Presentation]

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2015Watt Y, 'Animal Factories and Anti-Duck Shooting: negotiating academia as an activist artist', New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies conference, 5-6 November 2015, University of Canterbury (2015) [Keynote Presentation]

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2015Watt Y, 'Artists and Animals: A Survey', Minding Animals 3, 13-20 January, New Delhi (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Watt Y, 'Art and Animal Advocacy: the artist as activist', 5th Biennial Conference of the Australian Animal Studies Group, 8-10 July, University of Sydney (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Watt Y, 'Animal Factories: a visual investigation into the hidden lives of animals in industrial agriculture', Animal Death Symposium, 12-13 June, University of Sydney (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Watt Y, 'Reconstructing the Animal - contemporary artists interrogating human-animal relationships', Australian Animal Studies Group Conference, 10-12 July, Griffith University (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2003Frankham NH, Watt YM, 'Survey: Current art and design research and practice within Australian tertiary art and design schools', Australia Council of University Art and Design Schools, 1 - 4 October 2003, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania EJ (2003) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Frankham NH

Major Creative Work

(16 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Watt Y, 'Animaladies Exhibition and Postcard Project', Interlude Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2016) [Curated Exhibition]

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2013Watt YM, 'Untitled (From the Animal Factories series)', MOP projects, MOP projects, Sydney (2013) [Curated Exhibition]

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2013Watt Y, 'Animal Factories', Artspace, Hobart, Australia, 1 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Watt YM, 'animals, people - a shared environment... (co-curated with Jo Diball & Ross Woodrow)', Griffith University, Australian Animal Studies Grp, Brisbane, 1, pp. works by 32 artists (2011) [Curated Exhibition]

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2011Watt YM, 'Reconstructing the Animal', Plimsoll Gallery, Ten Days on the Island, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart (2011) [Curated Exhibition]

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2010Watt YM, 'The Full Madness (Rorschach's Farm): Seeing Double', Plimsoll Gallery & UPSI, Malaysia, Plimsoll Gallery UTAS; Art Gallery, UPSI, Malaysi, 1/1, pp. 1 work (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2010Watt YM, 'The Eyes Have It: Cow, Pig, Sheep, Chicken: Group Action 6', Criterion Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, 1/5, pp. 4 works (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2010Watt YM, 'Unwilling Servants: Are You Being Served?', Skittle Alley / Stable Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1 work (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2010Watt YM, 'The Butterfly Effect: Not For Legal Tender', Skittle Alley / Stable Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1 work (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2010Watt YM, 'Untitled: Group Action 7', Criterion Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, 1/1, pp. 1 work (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2007Watt YM, 'Alternative Points of View', Criterion Gallery, Hobart (2007) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Watt YM, 'same-difference', Criterion Gallery, Criterion Gallery, Hobart, pp. 10 (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2004Watt YM, 'Beastly', Artplace, Hobart (2004) [Published Creative Work]

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2001Watt YM, 'Shadowlands', Artplace, Artplace, Perth WA (2001) [Other Exhibition]

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2000Watt YM, 'Tales from the dark side', Beaver Galleries, Canberra (2000) [Other Exhibition]

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1999Watt YM, 'Speak of the Devil', Artplace, Perth, pp. 2 (1999) [Other Exhibition]

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Other Creative Work

(8 outputs)
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2014Watt YM, 'Luck of the Draw', Gallery central, Perth, WA (2014) [Minor Creative Work]

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2013Watt YM, 'Wings of Desire', Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW, pp. 4 (2013) [Catalogue]

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2012Watt YM, 'The French Connection', Linden Row Inn, Virginia USA, pp. 5 (2012) [Representation of Original Art]

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2009Watt YM, 'works exhibited in Marcher Sur Les Pelouses', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 12 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2009Watt YM, 'Works exhibited in Minding Animals', Lockup Gallery, Newcastle, Newcastle, pp. 4 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2001Watt YM, 'Untitled' (2001) [Acquisition]

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2001Watt YM, 'Food for Thought (sheep, pig, bull)', BankWest, Perth WA, Perth WA, pp. 3 (2001) [Acquisition]

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2001Watt YM, 'La Boca del Witz', Artplace, Perth, WA, pp. 1 (2001) [Acquisition]

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Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Watt YM, 'Animals, Art and Activism' (2009) [PhD]

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2003Watt YM, 'Food for Thought; a visual investigation of the nature-culture dichotomy as manifested in `farm animals' (2003) [Masters Research]

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Entry

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Watt YM, 'Art, Animals and Ethics', Encyclopaedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, Second Edition, Bekoff, Marc (ed), Santa Barbara, California, 1, pp. 77-81 (2009) [Entry]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Watt Y, 'When Is It Okay to Use Animals in Art?', Artsy Editorial, United States, 11 May (2017) [Media Interview]

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2009Watt YM, 'Framed: Vegan Artists for Animal Rights - Annie Potts talks to Yvette Watt', Vegan Voice, Vegan Voice, Nimbin NSW, 38, June-Aug (3) (2009) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$27,470

Projects

Octopus Aesthetics: a multi-armed investigation of a curious animal (2018 - 2019)$17,240
Description
The project focuses on the Octopus; both the animal itself as a tentacled, multi-brained creature, and the use of its form as a model for an interdisciplinary project with multiple partners and multiple outcomes.
Funding
Universities Australia / Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) ($17,240)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Watt YM; Krebber A; Riedinger M
Period
2018 - 2019
Art, Artists and Activism in Tasmania: A Moral Imperative (2017)$5,622
Description
This project seeks to investigate and document the relationship between art, artists and activism in Tasmania from J.W. Beattie (1859-1930) to the present day.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,622)
Scheme
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Watt YM; Keating MJ
Year
2017
Animal Factories: A Visual Investigation into the Hidden Lives of Animals in Industrial Agriculture (2010)$4,608
Funding
University of Tasmania ($4,608)
Scheme
Grant-New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Watt YM
Year
2010

Research Supervision

Yvette is currently supervising MFA and PhD candidates. She has also examined an Honours thesis in literature for Edith Cowan University, PhD submissions for Monash University and for University of Melbourne, and Doctorate in Fine Art submissions for RMIT and Griffith University.

Current

4

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDFamiliar Landscapes: A photographic examination of Hobart's wildland-urban fringe and how it might contribute to a sense of place2015
MastersSpaces Between: An Investigation Through Paint of Home, the House and Haunting2016
PhD'Died Game': Painting as interrogation of memorializing. Analysing the narrative tropes utilized in the Australian War Memorial's (AWM) Centenary of 1914 - 1918, synthesized via collage and painting with decades of personal memories of the Memorial2017
PhDStrange Agents: Art, faith & activism in postmodernity2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDNavigating the Unknown: Place, space and drawing
Candidate: Annalise Rees
2017
MastersFamiliar Ground: Expressing post-diasporic Scottish identity through collage and print
Candidate: Roslyn Heather Meeker
2015