KATIE WEST Featured Artist in Artlink: Eco-Critical Issue 44 

June 19, 2024

Katie West is a featured artist in Issue 44 of Artlink: Eco-Critical. The full-page featured work was exhibited at Carriageworks in The National 4: Australian Art Now and draws attention to the ways in which stories, places, histories and futures can be woven together. It is assembled of sound and materials found on Country. Katie considers the similarity of form and the physical implementation between wana and the steel star picket fencing post used in industrial agriculture. Both objects embody stories of Country but represent differing relationships to the land, as guided by their use. Strung from star pickets, old radios transmit field recordings from Katie’s family farm, layered with reverberations of star pickets.

Issue 44 rallies writers from across our region in response to the climate crisis and how it manifests in exhibitions, works of art and creative activism. As a collection of eco-criticism, Eco-Critical offers a survey of the ways artists and writers are using the raw materials of image and language to engage with these momentous issues now—whatever the terms.

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Image caption: Installation view of Katie West, ‘The women plucked the star pickets from the ground and turned them into wana (digging sticks) (detail), 2023 at Carriageworks in The National 4: Australian Art Now






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