September 10, 2020
Buxton Contemporary’s Curator Melissa Keys interviews artist Katie West for their conversation series Creative Cosmos.
Keys begins, “Richly evocative and elegantly economical, your art traverses questions of Indigenous and Western worldview and relations to earth. Who are some of the thinkers, artists and cultural leaders who influence you?” West reflects on natural dyeing as a way of connecting to place, discusses that audience members take role of participants and potential collaborator in her work, and shares some of her experiences during an artist residency in the old police quarter at Cossack, an abandoned town in the Pilbara region in Western Australia.
“My interest in embodied knowledge is also leading me to think about singing. I’m interested in how we seem to be able to hold memories – both of songs and through song – even as our minds age, and, of course, how songs so successfully ensure knowledge is shared across generations.”
Portrait photograph by Zan Wimberley
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