Open Studio with Vicki Couzens
Possum cloak maker and multi-media artist Vicki Couzens, the Blue Cabin’s inaugural artist in residence, is hosting an open studio at the Blue Cabin this Saturday October 26th, 2019. During this final event of her residency, Couzens will show works-in-progress and discuss her creative practice, including an artist talk at 1pm.
Vicki Couzens is a Gunditjmara citizen from the Western Districts of Victoria, Australia. Couzens acknowledges her Ancestors and Elders who guide her work. She has worked in Aboriginal community affairs for almost 40 years and is Senior Knowledge Custodian for Possum Cloak Story and Language Reclamation in her Keerray Woorroong Mother Tongue.� Couzens has distinguished herself with her interdisciplinary artwork, or as she prefers, ‘creative cultural expression’ – painting, installation, visual arts, printmaking, mixed media, performing arts, language revitalization, ceremony and teaching – and is widely known for her central role in the revival of the possum skin cloak making tradition which began in Victoria and is now established across south-eastern Australia. Vicki Couzens is a Vice Chancellors Indigenous Research Fellow at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.
“It was a call from the Ancestors to re-awaken the longlines of Possum Cloak Story, to return the cloaks to our People, to reclaim, regenerate, revitalize and remember – that is the Old Peoples’ story and our journey is to carry this vision forward.” – Vicki Couzens
The event will take place at the Blue Cabin, Plaza of Nations, Aquabus Ferry Dock, False Creek (750 Pacific Boulevard).