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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

Bay of Islands Pastoral and Industrial Show by Cat Auburn contemporary artwork sculpture
Cat AuburnBay of Islands Pastoral and Industrial Show, 2012glass
27 x 7 x 7 cm
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Reserve Champion: Award for Unreliability by Cat Auburn contemporary artwork sculpture
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 sculpture
Cat AuburnReserve Champion: Award for Double Standards, 2010silk sash
175.5 x 32.5 cm
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Maquettes by Cat Auburn contemporary artwork sculpture
Cat AuburnMaquettes, 2013pewter
210 x 180 x 80 cm
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