Born Sydney, Australia 1978
LIVES BUNDJALUNG COUNTRY, NORTHERN NSW
Charlotte Haywood has a unique, multi-disciplinary approach. Her practice adds to the experimental interdisciplinary fields of textiles, video, architecture and language. Colour is a theme that often acts as catalyst creating works that thread disparate narratives of time and culture. She barters between the tactile and the digital whereby the static is traded with the fleeting. An act of cracking hierarchies and histories with interchangeable slippery meanings that shift according to cultural and temporal application and context.
She seeks cultural and linguistic nuances of the body and landscape in a non-linear interrogation of history, the present and the future. Her process-based practice involves creating hand intensive tactile works, whereby the theme of the hand is translated into her digital videos by exploring cultural practices of hand and body gesture. Where language of cultural gesture is explored as motifs, emoji and currency.
Her shaped tapestry weavings are woven from culturally and social charged found materials that bear witness to power frameworks, histories and cultural beliefs; such as camo, high-vis wear, uniforms, life vests, clothing, institutional detritus, wool, silk, mirror and recycled paraphernalia. These materials are hand cut or ripped to create the “yarn” for weaving. Engaging audiences through the symbolic weaving, unweaving, and reweaving of shared histories and stories.
Haywood often incorporates motifs of ‘the introduced’ or ‘the tourist’, highlighting cultural twanging practices as a reflective act of self-decolonisation. She also uses reflective surfaces, that allow for an ambiguous reflection from one to ‘the other’.
Haywood is a recipient of Australia Council’s New Work grant (2013) for her body of work GREEN INFLUX which furthered her investigation of colour and its value. It also began Haywood's deep re-examination of a shared Australian history and landscape. Cracking hierarchies and histories in a non-linear interrogation of the past, present and future.
She is working on her new body of work GREEN ASYLUM, supported by Australia Council (2016). 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.
She has completed residencies in India, Peru and Thailand where she focused on traditional and cross-cultural practices. She has also been involved in collaborative projects in Vanuatu and Indonesia as well as working extensively in costume and design in film and television.
She is collected by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, ARTBANK and privately.