Monday, 3 February 2014

1 million years

In the Screen Room at NCCA...
22 March to 19 April, 2014 (Opening: Friday 21 March 6pm)

1 million years sees the return of another former Darwin-based artist to NCCA, with NSW-based Hayley West employing sculpture and video-based performance to address persistent themes in her work relating to the 'vestigial': the embodiment of memory, archive and grief. 

NCCA's Screen Room will become a 'makeshift temple' through fabric-based sculptures and a video work in which West performs a series of acts in a prehistoric-like 'grotto' setting in the Blue Mountains where she resides. These acts broadly suggest family histories, bereavement and the vestigial. 'By contextualising the vestigial into a contemporary art framework', states West, 'there is an attempt to alleviate grief, relax impending emotional upheavals, or assist in the recovery of supressed or avoided emotions'.

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