Chloe Austin (b.1995) is a multidisciplinary artist, working with performance, video, photography and creative writing within her current practice. She completed her MA in Fine Art at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University in 2020 with Distinction, after receiving her BA in Fine Art and Design at Crawford College in Cork in 2017. She is now a member of Flax Art Studios in Belfast.
Chloe's work revolves around the effects on the body due to our ever-changing environment, emerging from an autobiographical context and exploring processes of division and otherness, closeness and distance. Interweaving language, identity and gesture, she creates narratives with multiple layers of meaning.
Within her practice, Chloe uses techniques of repetition and duality to capture the fragmentation, frustration and fluidity of human consciousness and sensation. Engaging in experimentation and creative writing, the work puts emphasis on the artistic process rather than finalised work.
Growing up in Kinsale town, the sea and landscapes from her childhood influence her passion for capturing the temporality of absence and presence which creates an intimate exploration of self-reflection.
Chloe's work has been exhibited and published throughout both Ireland and UK. In 2019, she was awarded the Alice Berger Hammerschlag Award from Belfast School of Art and was also awarded the Cork Film Centre Exhibition Award in 2017. Her work has been displayed in galleries such as The MAC International, GOMA Waterford and Catalyst Arts. Chloe's writing has been published and featured by numerous publications including The Visual Artists Newsletter, Brenda Magazine and (Un)titled Publication. In 2018, she founded and continues to be Creative Director of Re-Vision Performing Arts Festival based in Belfast, which focuses on gender and body politics through diverse performing arts. She is also Founder and Curator of 'In Motion' Video Art Collective.