Woolah, Beeliar!

Sohan Ariel HAYES, Woolah, Beeliar! The Animated Paintings of Shane Pickett, 2022. Single channel HD video with sound, 18:23 minutes. Edition 1 of 5. Commissioned for Boola Katitjin 2022. Image courtesy of the artist and the Estate of Shane Pickett.

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Sohan Ariel HAYES

Born 1975 Bridgetown, Western Australia

Lives and works Perth, Western Australia


Sohan Ariel Hayes has achieved international acclaim for his large-scale multimedia installations, public projects and performance collaborations. His site-responsive process works with drawing, projection and archival materials to invoke particular places, collective voices and communities of labour.

Woolah, Beeliar! The Animated Paintings of Shane Pickett is a journey across the Noongar Six Seasons created through an evocative pairing of the Late Great Shane Pickett’s (1957-2010) paintings with selected sites across the Beeliar Wetlands. The wetlands are rendered through LiDAR imagery, millions of scanned points, which act as cloud-like medium capable of registering the movement and colour of Shane Pickett’s gestural lines. These fragments of Noongar Country are like ultra-detailed dioramas, frozen in time, that are slowly illuminated by Shane’s living spirit.