Friday, 10 July 2015

Death Cafe Blue Mountains - Dying to Know Day 2015



The next Death Cafe Blue Mountains is running in conjunction with Dying to Know Day - August 8.

D2KDay is an annual day of action in Australia dedicated to bringing to life conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement.

For more information and see other events happening around Australia on August 8 go here - http://www.thegroundswellproject.com/dyingtoknowday/

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Images from DEATH at Casula Powerhouse

I'm very sad to say goodbye to this exhibition, it was wonderful exhibiting alongside some fabulous artists: 

Declan Apuatimi, England Banggala, Carla Cescon, Ronnie Djanbardi, Simon Gende, Nora Holland, Richard Lewer, Thomas Munkanomi, Tony Pilakui, Samuel 'Marbuk' Poantimului, Patrick Pound, Clementine Puruntatameri, Tracy Puruntatameri, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Helen Shelley, Laurens Tan, Hayley West






Tuesday, 26 May 2015

'Death becomes child's play'

The DEATH exhibition and a little about my work has been featured in the Art section in today's SMH!


Artist Hayley West with her five-year-old daughter Ramona, who is cuddling a rabbit she stuffed herself, in their Blue Mountains home. Photo: Janie Barrett

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/death-becomes-childs-play-in-hayley-wests-art-at-casula-powerhouse-arts-centre-20150525-gh6ib1.html#ixzz3bCQmBtw6


Friday, 1 May 2015

Copper Beech, Katoomba

My work for Portal to K-Town responded to the nautical traces found in the home (such as the porthole in the bedroom) with the tragedy of lives lost at sea.



Concrete Wreath 
Foam & plaster, 50 cm ø x 12 cm, 2015

Burial Shroud
Cotton & fish scales, 190 x 112 cm, 2014




Cemetery Wall
Digital print, 420 x 594cm, 2014

Monday, 20 April 2015

PORTAL TO K-TOWN



MAP (Modern Art Projects) presents its next exhibition in the Art & Architecture Series. 

PORTAL TO K-TOWN, is an exhibition guest curated by internationally renowned contemporary artists Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro in an art-deco house designed by Donald Thomas Esplin with Paul Sorenson garden named Copper Beech in Katoomba The Blue Mountains. 

Invited artists inhabit the building for a day and present a unique dialogue in response to the architecture and provenance of a building that eclipses earlier art deco styles and modern functionalism. 

Artists featured: Damian Dillon, Mark Gerada, Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Martin Kirkwood, Tobias Richardson, Joan Ross, Suzann Victor and Hayley West.

TICKETS (FREE!) MUST BE BOOKED THROUGH EVENTBRITE TO RECEIVE ADDRESS:
Eventbrite Booking Page

Saturday 25th April, 2015 
1pm - 4pm  ONE DAY ONLY!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Inch’Allah [God willing]

Photos (taken on residency in Senegal) from the online project that suddenly disappeared when the online platform (JUX) I used disbanded without warning:

PROJECT LAB 3 - c3 contemporary art space, Melbourne

Inch’Allah [God willing] is an everyday saying I’ve grown to love in Saint-Louis. Spoken mainly at the end of sentences as a way to agree without confirmation (let’s meet tomorrow – yes, Inch’Allah) or as a response to a question without a necessarily positive outcome (can I have your phone number? – Inch’Allah!) The answer is left to fate, Inch’Allah is chance. This project positions random images with random personal thoughts, much how living here has become. Nothing is processed with ease.



































Wednesday, 4 March 2015

MAGENTA



'Death of a Swallow... Inch'Allah' 2014 Photograph, 31cm x 46 cm

MAGENTA

Curator: Beata Geyer
Artists: Louise Blyton, Sue Callanan, Adrian Clement, Fiona Davies, Beata Geyer, Shavaurn Hanson, Joel Lambeth, Tom Loveday, Ian Milliss, Tobias Richardson, Margaret Roberts, Hayley West, Caroline Wilde, Kayo Yokoyama

The grouping of artists with very diverse art practices and approaches to art production explores the notion of magenta, both as concept and as percept, in various imaginative contexts. Artist and curator Beata Geyer presents this exhibition as a multi-layered installation where different artistic responses merge to create an exciting viewing experience. Magenta is contained not just within the pictorial or spatial spectrum but also within the conceptual multitude of perspectives and overlay of forms and dimensions. The interaction of colour between form, material, space and architecture unlocks the multitude of meanings attempting to define what magenta potentially is.


WEST Project Space
38 Railway Pde, Hazelbrook, New South Wales 2779

Saturday 7 March 2015, 2-4pm 

Monday, 9 February 2015

I Remember You

On 14th March 2015 I'm participating in the Art Not Apart Festival in Canberra. Here's a little about my project, ever wanted to experience a Death Café or lie on a cooling bed?



UpstairsI Remember You invites viewers to engage with her one-on-one. Upon entering the space you will lie down on a cooling bed. While on this death bed, you are asked to contemplate an object/s that you will leave for someone once you are dead. 

Take a selfie and post #irememberyou alongside a hashtag of your object and who it will be left to, for example:
#irememberyou #goldring #Ramona
#irememberyou #ProHartPainting #anyone

DownstairsA Death Cafe will serve biscuits, tea and conversation about death. The objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. It's no small matter and no small movement. To date 15457 Death Cafes have popped up around the world.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Pecha Kucha

This Friday (tomorrow night) I'll be giving my third presentation at Pecha Kucha. This time i'll be rabbiting on about the Grottoes of the Blue Mountains.

My interest is in the fabulously grotesque concrete structures built in the 1930s-50s. Check out my other blog for some great photos - it's a work in progress: Blue Mountains Grotto Love



Better still, come along to Pecha Kucha at the Carrington! Pecha Kucha Night - Feb 6, 2015

My Death Café presentation was selected for 'Presentation of the Day' last year on the official site, I'd had a few champagnes so am very lucid...! - Pecha Kucha - Death Cafe

Friday, 26 December 2014

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents - DEATH


I'm very honoured and excited about being invited to exhibit in this show!
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Art about death typically brings to mind a certain kind of theatricality or a sombre tone, a classic still life with a skull and an extinguished candle, however the contemporary artists in this exhibition are talking about death in unexpected ways. Death has touched everyone and its effect is often life changing. It is a subject with many complexities. It is capable of stirring powerful emotions and actions, meanwhile by definition it is a simple scientific fact of life, “the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism”.
This exhibition focuses on the ways in which we process and deal with death and mortality; practically, emotionally, physically and psychologically, rather than the moment or meaning of death. Death is an unromantic look at some of the many facets of death including a suicide pact in the suburbs of Perth, subverting a fear of death with faux enlightenment, talking to the dead through white noise and the vestigial in elation to the embodiment of memory, archive and grief.
Artists - Carla Cescon, Simon Gende, Richard Lewer, Patrick Pound, Helen Shelley, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and Hayley West 
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 23 May - 5 July 2015

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Inch'Allah online project with Jux no longer exists...

What do you do when your entire online project disappears along with 1000s of other peoples? 

The link that I came across never worked to retrieve my work... My project was linked to 3 arts websites and my blog...

It's super embarrassing but what can you do? My project 'Inch'Allah' no longer exists :(

Art Guide Australia, c3 contemporary art space, Waaw Saint-Louis Senegal
sorry :(

@JuxDotCom #ARSEHOLES 
You owe us BIG TIME 
http://farewell.jux.com/#/

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Hearse Hijack

Here's me on ABC Radio in Darwin talking about my brother-in-law and his kidnapping in the great Hearse Hijack of 2014:

https://soundcloud.com/1057darwin/hearse-hijack


Monday, 8 September 2014

Preview of Inch’Allah in Art Guide Australia

..."For all its specificity, Inch’Allah says plenty about the experience of being in a different country for the first time. It offers a narrativeless deluge of images and thoughts – bound together, though neither neatly nor clearly – as filtered through existing preoccupations and newly emerging concerns. Instead of honing in on specific moments and their meanings – the cocktail at this beach, the hike on that mountain – the photographs bleed into each other and spread out, suggesting something bigger and more evasive – something you can’t pin down by clicking on a heart-shaped icon."

See the link for the full text:  PREVIEW Inch'Allah by Toby Fehily 


Friday, 15 August 2014

PROJECT LAB 3 - c3 contemporary art space

INCH’ ALLAH
HAYLEY WEST


Inch’Allah [God willing] is an everyday saying I’ve grown to love in Saint-Louis. Spoken mainly at the end of sentences as a way to agree without confirmation (let’s meet tomorrow – yes, Inch’Allah) or as a response to a question without a necessarily positive outcome (can I have your phone number? – Inch’Allah!) The answer is left to fate, Inch’Allah is chance. This project positions random images with random personal thoughts, much how living here has become. Nothing is processed with ease.







Wednesday, 6 August 2014

le linceul (burial shroud)


The linceul is steadily growing with silvery fish scales. It's been a cathartic exercise during the sweat filled build-up like heat. I haven't returned to the beach many times, I find the dead bloated animals, roaming ghost nets and mountainess rubbish all too confronting. Waaw is my haven in front of a fan.