Born Sydney, Australia 1978
LIVES BUNDJALUNG COUNTRY, NORTHERN NSW
Charlotte Haywood lives regionally in Northern NSW on Bundjalung Country. She is an interdisciplinary artist that explores themes and practices from pop to the primordial. Colour often acting as catalyst. She creates works that thread disparate narratives of time, culture and place through the use of materiality and motif. She seeks cultural and linguistic nuances of the body and the landscape to decrypt and unfold multi-narratives.
Experimentally trading between the tactile and the digital, form and ephemera- she works across mediums including: textiles, sculpture, installation, architecture, the moving image, theatre, landscape, community and ecologies.
Her practices and materials can vary from hybrid architectural forms to the ancient technology of tapestry weaving in a symbolic un-weaving and reweaving of interrogated histories and land management practices that seek parity of knowledge systems, gesture as language, synaesthesia, national community interdisciplinary-craft-geometry-science-environment networks and evolving multi-narrational video works. Ultimately investigating alternate, ancient and emergent living systems.
She looks to untie hierarchies in light of multiplicity; or the multi-narrative in an act of decolonising the self.
Her latest work GREEN ASYLUM exhibited at The Australian Design Centre(2017), supported by The Australia Council for the Arts. It provided opportunity for an experimental work that looked at architecture, textiles, video, landscape and language. For the creation of her evolving video work SHARING ACTION(i), she collaborated and presented over 20 indigenous and migrant languages as hand gesture. Including Anmatyerre linguist and artist April Campbell of Ti Tree community.
Haywood has worked inter-culturally; interdisciplinary and collaboratively in remote Australia, Vanuatu, Thailand and Indonesia, having also completed residencies in India, Peru and Thailand.
She has been invited to undertake an upcoming art+ecology residency at Guapamatacaro, Mexico and most recently co-designed Kirk Page’s new experimental physical theatre work, inspired by Bundjalung creation story, DJURRA at NORPA, Lismore. She is currently working on Julian Louis’ WILDSKIN for NORPA and will exhibit at the inaugural Biennale of Australian Art in Ballarat, 2018.
She is collected by the Museum of Applied Arts + Sciences, Sydney and ARTBANK. She has been awarded Australia Council grants for her projects- DIRTY DEEDS(2012), GREEN INFLUX (2015) and GREEN ASYLUM(2017). She has exhibited internationally and nationally, including: Incinerator Art for Social Change Award(2015), Fishers Ghost Art Prize(2014), Sculpture by the Sea(2008).
With one foot in the present and one in the past, she looks to the future for narratives, intersections and evolutions, holding symbol and language as crux.