Katie West, muhlu garrwarn / cool time hot time 2017, bushdyed silk, cotton and thread, jirri (needle), yirrarla (calico), cardboard, steel pots, glass jars, bawa (water), watharn (green leaves), birditha (dry leaves), jurdubirri (native flower), burlaawa (non-native flower), birra (bark), installation view, VCA Graduate Exhibition, 2017. Photo: Lucia Rossi, courtesy of the artist
In Clearing, artist Katie West weaves the many threads of her practice together – natural dyeing, meditation and the creation of reading/listening spaces where the voices of Indigenous people dominate.
Clearing is a space to recall with our bodies that this is a world that emerges through reciprocity – the infinite instances of chemical exchange and dialogue between plants, animals, microbes, natural elements and phenomena. Naturally dyed fabrics carrying the colour and scent of country create an opening in a landscape and political climate where it is easy to forget our place in the complex systems that sustain life on this planet. This is the setting for meditation, reading, listening and conversation where we can come together to consider a global outlook that is grounded in Wurundjeri country and the bioregion within which TarraWarra Museum of Art is situated.
Artist: Katie West
Curator: Anthony Fitzpatrick
$10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $5 Pensioners and Students; Children 12 and under free.Download the Festival Program