Anne Zahalka and Katie West in ‘Australiyaniality’, Western Australia

November 22, 2018

Anne Zahaka and Katie West are part of Australiyaniality, currently showing at Holmes à Court Gallery @ no. 10 in Western Australia. The key word liyan is a Yawuru word that relates to Aboriginal peoples’ view of their wellbeing. 25 artists, filmmakers, musicians, performers, photographers and writers have created works that have evolved from workshops held in March and October 2017, contributing to an ambitious dialogue that explores what a better Australian identity would look like. Can it be re-shaped? What needs to change? What is our collective liyan? Australiyaniality continues until this Sunday 25 November 2018.

Katie West says of her work ‘Mayuwarni’ (2018, ongoing): “In garwarrn, when it is too hot for a fire, solar dyeing and sewing become the focus. Tannins carry the colour and smell of country as they migrate from plant material to organic fabric fibres. This yirrarla has been dyed once and over the coming years will gain many layers of plant colour and country. The yirrarla will degrade and holes will form, but they will be mended. This is a life-long textile work to carry grief, healing, and country together.”






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