Katie West is an artist and Yindjibarndi woman based in Noongar Ballardong [Country], working in installation, textiles and social practice. The process and notion of naturally dyeing fabric underpin her practice: the rhythm of walking, gathering, bundling, boiling up water and infusing materials with plant matter. Using found and naturally dyed textiles, video, and sound derived from field recordings, Katie creates installations, textile pieces, and happenings that invite attention to the ways we weave our stories, places, histories, and futures.
Katie studied visual art at Edith Cowan University (2005) and sociology at Murdoch University (2013). In 2017, Katie completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, graduating as the recipient of the Dominik Mersch Gallery Award and the Falls Creek Resort Indigenous Award.
Katie has presented solo exhibitions at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville and Next Wave Festival 2016, and participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne and Shimmer, Rotterdam.