Katie West, ‘muhlu garrwarn / cool time hot time’, 2017, bush-dyed 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), dimensions variable.
Photograph by Lucia Rossi
Katie Wularni West is a Yindjibarndi woman, with an interdisciplinary practice that explores the renewal of human connections with and within the natural environment. West was selected as the winner of the inaugural Dominik Mersch Gallery / Victorian College of the Arts Award in 2017 with her Masters graduate exhibition piece ‘muhlu garrwarn / cool time hot time’. In this work, the artist engages with natural dyeing processes and text scores as ways to participate with the seasons. Through these repeated processes, her work moves from memory to the realm of instruction or storytelling. Her installations grow with the seasons as quiet and powerful evocations of place.
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