Chloe Austin is a visual artist originally from Cork, Ireland. She completed her BA Fine Art Degree at Crawford College of Art and Design in 2017 and is currently situated in Belfast, UK, recently after completing her MFA Fine Art Degree at Ulster University. Austin is a multidisciplinary artist, working with performance, video, photography and creative writing within her current practice. Her work explores and questions the effects on the body due to our digital environment. Chloe aims to capture the struggle and fragmentation of language, performing the body and its relationship to new technologies. She has exhibited in various venues across Ireland and UK, including GOMA Waterford, Golden Thread Gallery and The MAC International, Belfast.
Through performative video, text and installation, I focus on issues surrounding technologies and its impact on relationships. Exploring the process of creative writing, I aim to challenge the spectator to question these relationships; whether these are fictional or attempting to expose a truth. This is further explored visually, through performative video and installation, seeking to evoke pain, pleasure and pathos. By addressing the depths of our relationships with others, we become painfully aware of the lack of human contact due to our ever-evolving digital environment. Popular culture and mass media have changed the way we view others, the way we view ourselves. I aim to explore the manipulative relationship between the self and the other, often experimenting with techniques of duality, repetition and mirroring.
There is a fascination with visuality in today's media-saturated world, leaving the sensation of touch largely forgotten. There is a yearning for proximity and human contact that has become a struggle in contemporary society due to new technologies. We have developed a large appetite for contact and connection. This encourages me to engage in the issues that arise when this hunger is not fulfilled. Within my practice, I attempt to convey performativity of the body where public and private space is determined by seeing and being seen, touching and being touched.