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Cat Auburn Biography

Cat Auburn works across a range of media, from film to sculpture and installation, to explore broad social and historical issues.

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Her socially-engaged projects draw on site-specific narratives and histories, frequently employing anthropomorphism - the attribution of human motivation, characteristics or behaviour to animals - to explore notions of socialisation, power, freedom and constraint. 

Her most recent project, a 30 minute film, Ask the Fellows who Cut the Hay, is a recreation of the widely loved 1821 painting The Hay Wain by John Constable. Another exhibition currently touring New Zealand, The Horses Stayed Behind, commemorates the thousands of horses that left New Zealand for World War I and never returned. The centrepiece is a five-metre wide tapestry made of 500 horse hair rosettes, woven in the style of the Victorian hair-wreathes.

In 2016 Auburn completed a Master of Fine Art (Distinction) at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom and she is currently living and working in the UK. She has exhibited regularly, both in New Zealand and internationally, since graduating in 2008 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Distinction) from the Elam School of Fine Arts. In 2015 she represented New Zealand at the TRIO Sculpture Biennial in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and residencies including the Tyneside Cinemas artist residency in 2016, the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award in 2010 with a year-long residency in Christchurch, and the Tylee Cottage Residency at the Sarjeant Art Gallery. 

Text courtesy Bartley + Company Art.

Cat Auburn Featured Artworks

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Reserve Champion: Award for Unreliability by Cat Auburn contemporary artwork
Cat AuburnReserve Champion: Award for Unreliability, 2010silk sash
175.5 x 32.5 cm
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Reserve Champion: Award for Double Standards by Cat Auburn contemporary artwork
Cat AuburnReserve Champion: Award for Double Standards, 2010silk sash
175.5 x 32.5 cm
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Reserve Champion: Award for Not Paying Enough Attention by Cat Auburn contemporary artwork
Cat AuburnReserve Champion: Award for Not Paying Enough Attention, 2010silk sash
175.5 x 32.5 cm
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Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay by Cat Auburn contemporary artwork
Cat AuburnAsk the Fellows Who Cut the Hay, 2016digital video
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Ovine shroud by Cat Auburn contemporary artwork
Cat AuburnOvine shroud, 2015leather
46 x 12 x 9 cm
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Cervine shroud by Cat Auburn contemporary artwork
Cat AuburnCervine shroud, 2015leather
96 x 17 x 23 cm
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Bovine shroud by Cat Auburn contemporary artwork
Cat AuburnBovine shroud, 2015leather
194 x 145 x 83 cm
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Cat Auburn Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, It's O.K. at Bartley + Company Art, Wellington
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7–23 December 2017 Group Show It's O.K. Bartley + Company ArtWellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Cat Auburn, Rebecca Hasselman, Bridget Reweti, Post-landscape at Bartley + Company Art, Wellington
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29 March–22 April 2017 Cat Auburn, Rebecca Hasselman, Bridget Reweti Post-landscape Bartley + Company ArtWellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Cat Auburn, Ways to leave your lover at Bartley + Company Art, Wellington
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3–27 June 2015 Cat Auburn Ways to leave your lover Bartley + Company ArtWellington

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Tails of the unexpected Related Press Tails of the unexpected 15 June 2015, Art News New Zealand

The Horses Stayed Behind is an exhibition commemorating the thousands of horses that left New Zealand in World War I, of which only four returned. The centrepiece will be a tapestry, five metres by one metre, made of 500 rosettes, intricately woven in the style of the Victorian hair-wreath. Each of them hand-made by Auburn out of horsehair. Each...

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