Underfoot: sTrAtA is an exhibition featuring Annette Nykiel, Perdita Phillips and Nien Schwarz, a long-standing trio forming part of a larger circle of seven Western Australian artists titled Underfoot.
sTrAtA follow on from Field Working Slow Making [ECU, Spectrum 2016] which expanded into We Must Get Together Some Time [IOTA21]. They practice slow making through long-term engagement with non-urban places and non-human worlds, contributing to the discourse of Western Australian field-based creative research.
The exhibition encapsulates entangled stories: steamed, plied, fired, pigmented, stitched, filmed, walked, written, printed, narrated, recorded and performed. The artists explore WA stratigraphy, deep time and biota. They make unique, lively, and as Jane Bennett would say 'vibrant things' in their contribution to the complex fabric of contemporary making.
Empirical knowledge, interdisciplinary research and their individual experiences working in WA's mineral resource sector underpin sTrAtA's making practices. Through textiles, prints and small sculpture, they explore WA stratigraphy, deep time and biota.