John Stringer Prize 2022 finalists Guy Louden, Katie West and Holly Yoshida discuss their arts practice and the making of their new works for this annual exhibition.
Guy Louden is an Australian artist and curator, born in Toronto and living in Walyalup, Fremantle. Notions of capitalism, technology, and what the distant future may look like in the event of a societal breakdown, are explored in their practice. Laser engraving on paper has been their current artistic practice to explore social and political themes. They have successfully curated independent exhibitions in major cities, and co-founded two galleries.
Katie West is an artist and Yindjibarndi woman based in Noongar Ballardong Country. Their current work revolves around installation, textiles and social practice. Using found and naturally dyed textiles, sound and video, they create works and happenings that invite attention to the ways we weave our stories, places, histories and futures. Underpinning their practice is the process and notion of naturally dyeing fabric – the rhythm of walking, gathering, bundling, boiling water and infusing materials with plant matter.
Holly Yoshida is a painter based in Boorloo, Perth. Their practice is informed by historical painting and the conventions of still life, most recently through the medium of dry brushed oil on panel. A grisaille technique and subdued palette were employed to document and quietly elevate present-day mundanity. Through the process of painting they aim to depict the private and invisible by de-familiarising the everyday.