2020 Artist in Residence

2020 Artist in Residence

THIS YEAR MARKS THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COSSACK ART AWARDS ARTISIT IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM SPONSORED BY OUR PRINCIPAL PARTNER RIO TINTO.

IN 2020, WE WELCOME PILBARA BASED ARTIST CARRIE MCDOWELL.

The City of Karratha along with principal partner Rio tinto is excited to announce the appointment of Carrie McDowell as 2020 Cossack Art Awards Artist in residence.

Carrie's art practice involves making and connecting with materials. As amaker, tactile response is important and she explores ways of assembling, transforming and thinking with materials and technical processes and their foundations in her lived environment.

Living in the Pilbara for the last 10 years has transformed Carrie's art practice. the challenging environment and limited working space encouraged a reassessment of methods and the resurgence of some old favourites adaptable techniques. Stitch, with its repetitive, rhythmic process and mediative quality has reappeared as a central element with in her work. This journey with stitch involves multiple aspects through mark making, dimensional development and material exploration. Location is also an integral part of the making process with landscape providing inspiration and a source of materials, connecting her making to the country.

"The nature and symbolism of stitch and thread creates a connection between my soul and the landscape and culture of the region," says McDowell.

She interprets and allows stitch to be a metaphor for connection and repair; darning the traditional owners, the land, history, herself and the future.

As part of her residency, Carrie will relocate to Cossack for a period of two weeks. The program, sponsored by Rio Tinto, is intended as a time for artists to immerse themselves in the unique environment that is Cossack and the Pilbara and to be inspired by the rich culture and heritage of this vibrant art prize and heritage town.

For all media enquiries, please contact: Lisa Morrison City of Karratha Communications Officer 9186 8627