Miriam Austin

Miriam Austin (b. 1984, New Zealand) graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture in 2012. She was exhibited by VITRINE in the two-person exhibition ‘The Birth Caul’ with Adam James in August 2013.

Miriam Austin’s practice can be thought of as a kind of shadow play. Whether installation, sculpture, video or performance, the work speaks at once of cyclical organic processes and of a form of corporeal vulnerability. It’s material, formal and symbolic properties are devices – narrative, performative, psycho-suggestive – used to give rise to a suspension of disbelief; even to something akin to hypnotic trance. The works open imagined and hybrid territories whose referents oscillate between landscape, animal and body.

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Objects for a Mourning Ritual, 2012, Performance still. Image courtesy of Marco Berardi

Miriam Austin, Blossom Collar, 2012, Video Still

Miriam Austin, Pelican, 2012, Durational Performance

Miriam Austin, Beak Breast, 2012, Video Still