Margaret Watson

Image of Margaret Watson Margaret Watson is an interdisciplinary artist who grew up in the rural Mississippi Delta in a large town near the Mississippi river. Her artwork is influenced by nature, spirituality and a questioning of self and life. Simultaneously real and surreal, her art expresses the dual nature of life (abstract and concrete). Early creative work focused on poetry and traditional media (primarily photography). Computer art was non-existent in her part of the world at that time, so she combined art with computer information systems in her collegiate studies. She then went on to work as an early computer graphic artist and photographer in the late 80's and early 90's at a newspaper in Mississippi. Returning to school, she studied architecture, drama, computer science and interactive media. Her online gallery (Hall of Self-Expression - listed under Pioneers on the Electronic Frontiers of Art)) was recognized as an early internet art gallery. In 1994, she left Mississippi and moved to Chicago to study video and virtual reality. She became one of the first virtual reality CAVE artists whose work was exhibited and presented internationally by invitation in the late 90's and early 2000's (Liquid Meditation at Ars Electronica). She then shifted directions in her work to interactive installations while working on a second master's degree in Irvine, California. After graduating, she settled down near home, where she has primarily created art professionally, initially in the area of virtual reality and then as a graphic designer. She has also expanded her skills through taking courses in web design/development. She is presently taking a break from being an exhibiting artist, although she continues her artistic work as a photographer in her free time.