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 creating works that thread disparate narratives of time and culture. Experimentally trading between the tactile and the digital. She seeks nuance, motif and language to decrypt and unfold multinarratives.
Her practices and materials can vary from hybrid architectural forms to the ancient technology of tapestry weaving in a symbolic unweaving and reweaving of interrogated histories and land management practices that seek parity of knowledge systems, gesture as language, synaesthesia, evolving multi-narrational video works, + ultimately investigating alternate living systems. She looks to untie hierarchies in light of multiplicity; or the mulitnarrative 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 included evolving video work SHARING ACTION(i), she collaborated and represented 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 + collaboratively in remote Australia, Vanuatu, Thailand and Indonesia, having also completed residencies in India, Peru+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 a Bundjalung creation story, ‘Djurra’ at NORPA, Lismore.
She is collected by the Museum of Applied Arts + Sciences, Sydney + ARTBANK and has been awarded Australia Council grants for her projects- DIRTY DEEDS(2012), GREEN INFLUX (2015) and GREEN ASYLUM(2017). She has exhibited nationally and internationally, 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.