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Susan Hauri-Downing & Tarsh Bates (WA)

Susan Hauri-Downing & Tarsh Bates (WA)

While undertaking their Quick Response residence at PICA, Susan Hauri-Downing and Tarsh Bates will develop and facilitate workshops to better understand the role of smell in experiences of place and how artmaking can be used to understand and guide us through environmental and cultural change, grief, loss and hope. Watch out for workshop info in PICA‘s socials and eNews!

About the Artist

Hauri-Downing and Bates have collaborated on conferences, presentations and projects since 2012.

Susan Hauri’s art practice focuses on biocultural diversity, ecological grief and interspecies relationships. She has 20 years of experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and her trauma sensitive practice is dedicated to strengthening and improving well-being and the natural systems in which we live.

Tarsh Bates is interested in the human as a queer ecology, the aesthetics of care and smell as interspecies communication. Bates has a PhD in Biological Art (2019) and was an Honorary Research Fellow at SymbioticA, UWA (2020- 2022). They are supported by Umeå University, Sweden and are enamoured with Candida albicans. (logo attached)


This project has been supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries.

Supported by PICA’s Art Ambassadors.

Tarsh is supported by Umeå University, Sweden.