Miriam Austin

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

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.