Sharon West is a mixed media artist, arts educator and curator. Her art practice includes working in both 2 and 3D art forms. She has exhibited in various group and solo shows for the past 30 years in Australia and abroad. Work themes include humourous re-workings of Australian colonial and local histories., bush and settler folklore and crypto zoology, including Bunyips and Kangaroosters.
Recent work has focused on patisches of Australian large tourist attractions and monuments, and souvenir art in painting, assemblage and wall and standing dioramas. West attained a Master’s Degree in 2009 examining colonial Australian Indigenous and settler cultures at RMIT University where she taught visual arts in the Tafe Sector for 20 years until 2019.
During this time she taught for 13 years at the Indigenous Arts, which included curating Elders and student exhibitions. Working with Koori Elders instigated her interest in colonial history as well as cultural social justice themes. She cites the Koori Elders as being her cultural mentors and this also culminated in her curating two Koori Elders exhibitions in 2006 and 2007 at Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum and the Counihan Gallery. Other curatorial projects include Mute Relics and Bedevilled Creatures, at the Counihan Gallery in 2009 which involved both Indigenous and settler heritage artists.