An artistic immersion

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
2020 Cossack Art Awards artist in residence Carrie McDowell.
Camera Icon2020 Cossack Art Awards artist in residence Carrie McDowell. Credit: Picture: Caitlyn Watts

An award-winning Karratha artist has immersed herself in the surrounds of one of WA’s earliest settlements as part of the 2020 Cossack Art Awards.

Selected for the $10,000 artist-in-residence program sponsored by Rio Tinto, Carrie McDowell has relocated to the historic settlement to produce a series of artworks inspired by her experiences.

Ms McDowell, who has called the Pilbara home for 10 years, said she was thrilled to be announced as this year’s artist in residence.

“It’s such a privilege, I am very excited,” she said.

“I am looking forward to just being able to dedicate myself to art for a month with that being the focus.”

Ms McDowell is a fibre artist with her work involved in making and connecting with materials.

“I am looking forward to making work that’s site specific, informed by the place and the outcome is that I do get to have a little exhibition that gets exhibited at REAP so it is a pretty good gig for me,” she said.

“This is the tenth Cossack art awards that I have been involved in, in some way so it is especially important because I have seen other artists in residence and I am delighted to have the opportunity.”

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