Born Sydney, Australia 1978


Charlotte Haywood lives regionally in Northern NSW on Bundjalung Country, Australia. She is an experimental interdisciplinary artist that explores themes and practices from pop to the primordial. 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.  

She looks to untie hierarchies in light of multiplicity; an act of decolonising the self.

Experimentally trading between the tactile and the digital, form and ephemera- she works across:
textiles, sculpture, installation, architecture, film, theatre, landscape, community and ecologies.

Her performative practices and embodied 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, gesture as language, synaesthesia, national community interdisciplinary-craft-geometry-science-environment networks and evolving multi-narrational video works that seek parity of knowledge systems. 

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 was inspired by and worked with Anmatyerre linguist and artist April Campbell of Ti Tree community. In this iteration there are over 20 migrant and Indigenous languages represented as hand gesture. The video work was supported by Batchelor Institute’s Centre for Aboriginal Languages + Linguistics and Melbourne University’s Research Unit for Indigenous Language.

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 just spent time with Mbabaram man, Gerry Turpin, Australia’s lead Indigenous Ethnobotanist, at the Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre at the Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University, Cairns. For preliminary research for her new collaborative work MNEMONIC VEGETABLES. And most recently designed Kirk Page’s new dance theatre, DJURRA, inspired by a Bundjalung creation story and Julian Louis’ all female ensemble ‘bush-horror’, WILDSKIN for NORPA. As well as exhibiting 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) with Michaela Davies + Claire Conroy, 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) and 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.

(Image: Lisa Sorgini)