Ivey Wawn makes dance-based work for various contexts. Her practice centres on embodiment and on the historic specificity of capitalist social relations, with particular interest in power, control and consent in the organisation of labour. She is committed to dance as a potential form of resistance; to social abstraction and commodification, due to its relative ephemerality and the opportunities it provides for sociality. Her work has focused on the wage relation, care, microbial reproductive labour, the commodity, and invisibility among other things.
She was commissioned by Kaldor Public Art Projects to make Surfacing (2019) in the frame of Project 34; Asad Raza’s Absorption, and is the 2019 Performance Space Experimental Choreography Residency artist. Greyness and Infinity (2017), was commissioned for Underbelly Arts Festival and presented at RMIT Design Hub (2018) with the support of Liquid Architecture. Adventure Dances (2016) was made with support from DirtyFeet, and Colour Dances (Spectral) have been shown at various galleries and art events in Sydney since 2016. She has a collaborative project with visual artist, Mark Mailler called Consejos de Farez, that has been supported by Critical Path and presented at First Draft Gallery. In 2020 Ivey is an artist in Next Wave Festival and will present a new solo in Dirtyfeet’s In Motion.
She has had the pleasure of working with and for; Andrew Hardwidge (UK), Amrita Hepi (AU), Angela Goh (AU), Atlanta Eke (AU), Brooke Stamp (AU), Daniel Jenatsch (AU), Germaine Kruip (BE/NL), Lizzie Thompson (AU), Louise Trueheart (FR/USA/DE), Mark Mailler (AU), Rainbow Chan (AU), Rhiannon Newton (AU), Rochelle Haley (AU), Scarlett Yu (HK/DE), Shota Matsumura (AU), Tino Sehgal (DE/UK), and Xavier Le Roy (FR) among many others.
She is grateful for the development support she has received from AirSpace Projects, ALASKA Projects, Ausdance NSW, Australia Council for the Arts, Bundanon Trust, CRACK Theatre Festival, Critical Path, DanceWEB Scholarship (Impulstanz, Vienna), DirtyFeet, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Liquid Architecture, Lucy Guerin Inc., The NOW now, ReadyMade Works, Shopfront Contemporary Arts and Performance, and Underbelly Arts Festival.
Ivey also sells her labour as a waiter between projects and is a part time student of Political Economy at the University of Sydney.
I acknowledge and pay respect to the peoples of the Eora Nation, on whose sovereign land I live and work, and to all first nations people, on whose stolen land I work and travel through. I acknowledge their continued connection to country and pay my respect to past, present and future elders.