Fiona West is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brisbane, whose practice includes handcrafted video, photography and animation. As a Zimbabwean born Australian artist based in Brisbane, materiality and circulation are key factors in her works that investigate narratives of portability, and in particular, the portability of identity. Themes of duality, including absence and presence, memory and reality, place and non-place are central to her practice. She is currently a DVA candidate at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane.
Select recent solo exhibitions and projections include: Water: video screening event, American Fabrics Building, Connecticut (2016); Drive, she said, Project Gallery, Griffith University, Brisbane (2016); Distance and Immediacy: A Portable Life, Outdoor screening event, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (2016); Souvenirs of Self, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design (2013); Inner Beasties, Cowwarr Art Space, Gippsland (2011); Continental Drift, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design (2010). In 2014 she was the People's choice winner, Biennial Drawing Prize, ARC Yinnar, Gippsland and in 2016 she was a finalist in the Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, Brisbane and Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria. She was shortlisted in Channels, The Australian Video Art Festival 2017, Melbourne, and was a finalist in the Brisbane Art Prize, 2017.
A selection of her publications include:
West, Fiona (2018), “A Day with Gauguin at the Gold Coast: 1892-2017”, OAR: Oxford Artistic and Research Based Platform, Issue 3: April 2018; LOL (Laugh Out Loud), Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria, (2013); Global Backyard, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria (2011); Material Absence: Emerging Gippsland artists, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria (2009); and she wrote the Foreword in Dan Wollmering, The Shape of Things: Selections and Reflections, 1982 - 2011, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria (2011).
Place and identity