Fiona West is a visual artist and DVA candidate at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Her practice is fuelled by portability and displacement and she uses changeable versions of her modified dashboard hula 'self' to create stories about being in place. Elements of place, identity and materiality are key factors in her work, however, of more importance is their portability. West uses her surroundings to explore associations of place and her car is a portable studio. It is from here that she is investigating portability as a narrative construct in order to develop new narratives of place. She focuses on a handcrafted methodology and constructs videos and stop-animations using a camera, paper cut-outs, ink drawings, and materials such as sand, flour and pigments to express her responses to movement, displacement and current events.
Some of her recent solo exhibitions and projections include 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 2011 she was the winner in the Art and Design Faculty and finalist, Monash University 3 Minute Thesis competition; 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 has contributed essays to the following published exhibition catalogues: 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 wrote the Foreword in Dan Wollmering, The Shape of Things: Selections and Reflections, 1982 - 2011, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria (2011).
Place and Identity