Born Albany, Western Australia, 1977.
Erin Coates is a Perth-based artist and creative producer working across video, installation and drawing. Focusing on our interactions with the spaces we build and inhabit, Coates' work amplifies this relationship to examine the limits of our bodies and the potential of physical interaction with an environment. Her interests include architecture and film, particularly the genres of body horror and b-grade science fiction. The artist’s screen based works include protagonists who find ways to physically interact with everyday spaces, by using utopic, absurdist and guerrilla strategies.
Coates' work was included in the major survey exhibition The National: New Australia Art, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 2017. She is currently working towards a solo exhibition Dark Water with Anna Nazzari at Linden New Art in Melbourne in 2018, and the group exhibition Sounding Art, to be held at PS Art Space Fremantle.
Coates' first major solo exhibition, Kinesphere, was held in 2014 at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts 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), 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.