Summer Studio: Museum Incognita
Katie West, Fayen d'Evie
18–20 Jan 2018
During this residency, artists Katie West + Fayen d'Evie invited conversations about embodied approaches to archiving, and experimented with writing stories, histories and concepts, which were handled as part of the Museum Incognita's first phase of embodied encounters. The residency evolved organically, with openness to change, culminating in a public exhibition.
The Museum Incognita revisits neglected or concealed or obscured histories, activates embodied readings, and archives ephemeral artworks and practices. Founded on an indigenous custodial ethic, and shifting landscapes, the infrastructure enfolds performative encounters and a nomadic sculptural architecture, with gathering vessels, botanical furnishings, tactile texts, and woven mnemonics for oral storytelling.
'Gathering Three Frogs' (2016) described an ephemeral performance by Cecilia Vicuña ('Three Frogs) that took place in Muckleford, Jaara country, Australia, alongside performative works by Katie West and Tamsen Hopkinson. The installation included an audiodescriptive track, a textile work by Katie West, and a film work by Katie West and Fayen d'Evie that collaged photographs by Pippa Samaya.
The Blindside Summer Studio Residency Program provides a unique platform for the examination of practice and work within a combined studio and exhibition context.
During this residency, artists Katie West + Fayen d'Evie invited conversations about embodied approaches to archiving, and experimented with writing stories, histories and concepts, which were handled as part of the Museum Incognita's first phase of embodied encounters.
This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.
Katie West is an artist and Yindjibarndi woman based in Noongar Ballardong country, working in installation, textiles and social practice. The process and notion of naturally dyeing fabric underpin her practice –the rhythm of walking, gathering, bundling, boiling up water and infusing materials with plant matter. Using found and naturally dyed textiles, video, and sound, Katie creates installations, textile pieces, and happenings that invite attention to the ways we weave our stories, places, histories, and futures.
Fayen d'Evie is an artist based in Muckleford, rural Australia, who explores blindness as a radical critical position, attuned to complex embodiment, sensory translations, material histories, ephemerality, obscurity, the tangible, and the invisible. Fayen is also the founder of 3-ply, which investigates artist-led publishing as an experimental site for the production, translation and archiving of knowledge.