Artist: Vicki West

Vicki West’s work is informed by history, the natural environment and her obligations to her ancestors, the Trawulwuy people from northeast Tasmania. This entails care of the earth for ecological survival and sustainability as was the practice for thousands of years. She uses bull kelp to represent identity and place, revealing the true history of Tasmania. Kelp is also a metaphor for cultural survival. Vicki uses these materials in a contemporary way, exploring new techniques to recreate past traditions in a new context, providing proof of continuing cultural practices in the 21st century.