I'm currently working on a series of pet ashes urns. I take op shop handmade vessels and make lids for them. This is the first one, which is more like a test to see if I could match glazing. The bird/sun is from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Donations of handmade vessels appreciated!
Obviously not professionally shot, but here are some installation shots for people who have asked. The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre City Gallery is a beautiful space, and the install team was fantastic.
This exhibition had been organised for a year, and having only just moved to country Victoria, I've had to come back again! It's my Masters show with an additional work.
I'm at the gallery all day Saturday 9 April from 11am for the opening, the artist talk and a Death Café I'm co-hosting with Kerrie Noonan. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll have a lovely time.
Join us for the opening of
Hayley West Remnants of the dead and demands on the living
9 April - 15 May 2016
To be opened by Sabrina Roesner Exhibitions Manager - Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Saturday 9 April 2016, 11am - 12pm
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 4780 5410 by Monday 4 April. Free event. Limit 21 people.
Want to learn more about Remnants of the dead and demands on the living?
Artist Talk 9 April 2016, 11.30am - 12pm
Find out more about the exhibition Remnants of the dead and demands on the living in a floor talk by the artist Hayley West.
Death Café 9 April 2016, 1 - 3pm
Following the artist talk, join us for coffee and a hearty discussion about the topic that some call a taboo – Death. The Death Cafe is a worldwide movement that aims to make it easier to talk about death, with a view to helping people make the most out of life. Both events free with Gallery entry.
I've updated my Blue Mountains Grotto Loveblog, as now we have left the mountains and moved to Castlemaine, in the Goldfields region of Victoria. If you know anyone who would like to send me photos to add to it, let them know, my email is thecarrotjoke[at]gmail.com Here's a Melbourne grotto:
Image credit: Hayley West, Elvis
Memorial Grotto Melbourne Cemetery, 1995, photograph, 10x15cm, personal
Yesterday I was very fortunate to host my second Dying to Know Day event, a Death Café in Katoomba. My first was last year when I ran a Death Café in Saint-Louis, Senegal on 8 August. There are some great blog entries on the Groundswell Project website for Dying To Know Day, including my own that was published yesterday. Here's the link:
I'm very sad to say goodbye to this exhibition, it was wonderful exhibiting alongside some fabulous artists: Declan Apuatimi, England Banggala, Carla Cescon, Ronnie Djanbardi, Simon Gende, Nora Holland, Richard Lewer, Thomas Munkanomi, Tony Pilakui, Samuel 'Marbuk' Poantimului, Patrick Pound, Clementine Puruntatameri, Tracy Puruntatameri, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Helen Shelley, Laurens Tan, Hayley West
MAP (Modern Art Projects) presents its next exhibition in the Art & Architecture Series.
PORTAL TO K-TOWN, is an exhibition guest curated by internationally renowned contemporary artists Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro in an art-deco house designed by Donald Thomas Esplin with Paul Sorenson garden named Copper Beech in Katoomba The Blue Mountains. Invited artists inhabit the building for a day and present a unique dialogue in response to the architecture and provenance of a building that eclipses earlier art deco styles and modern functionalism. Artists featured: Damian Dillon, Mark Gerada, Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Martin Kirkwood, Tobias Richardson, Joan Ross, Suzann Victor and Hayley West. TICKETS (FREE!) MUST BE BOOKED THROUGH EVENTBRITE TO RECEIVE ADDRESS: Eventbrite Booking Page
Photos (taken on residency in Senegal) from the online project that suddenly disappeared when the online platform (JUX) I used disbanded without warning:
PROJECT LAB 3 - c3 contemporary art space, Melbourne
Inch’Allah [God willing] is an everyday saying I’ve grown to love in
Saint-Louis. Spoken mainly at the end of sentences as a way to agree without
confirmation (let’s meet tomorrow – yes, Inch’Allah) or as a response to a
question without a necessarily positive outcome (can I have your phone number?
– Inch’Allah!) The answer is left to fate, Inch’Allah is chance. This project
positions random images with random personal thoughts, much how living here has
become. Nothing is processed with ease.