Born Albany, Western Australia
Erin Coates is a Perth-based artist and creative producer working across film, sculptural installation and drawing. Coates’ practice examines our relationship with and within the spaces we build and inhabit, focusing on the limits of our bodies and physical interaction within given environments. Coates’ interests include architecture and film. The film genres of body horror and the Australian Gothic permeate her practice, with protagonists often finding ways to physically interact with everyday spaces by using utopic, absurdist and guerrilla strategies.
Coates' work was included in the significant survey exhibition The National: New Australian Art, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 2017. She recently completed a commission by Decibel for the exhibition Sounding Art, at PS Art Space Fremantle. She is currently working towards a major solo exhibition Dark Water with Anna Nazzari at Linden New Art in Melbourne in 2019, supported by an Australia Council grant. Coates' work was most recently shown at the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan.
Coates' first significant solo exhibition, Kinesphere, was at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2014 and was the result of the Catalyst: Katherine Hannay Visual Arts Commission. Her work has also been included in many national and international exhibitions and film festivals such as Open Water: the Offering with Anna Nazzari at Firstdraft, Sydney (2017), Revelation Perth International Film Festival (2017), Paris Short Film Festival (2015), The Jester’s Whisper – John Fries Award, UNSW Galleries, Sydney (2015), Spaced 2: Future Recall, Perth International Arts Festival, The Western Australian Museum (2015), Aesthetica Short Film Festival, UK (2014), Subject to Ruin, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney (2014), New York Independent Film Festival (2014), Energetics & Informatics, Aotearoa Digital Arts Network, Whanganui, New Zealand (2010); and My Favourite Australian, National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2008).
Erin has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Curtin University, Perth and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.