Biennale of Sydney

Erin Coates

Erin Coates, Alluvium, 2020, video with sound, 9:30 minutes. Composed by Stuart James, performed by Louise Devenish. Commissioned by Goolugatup Heathcote. Courtesy the artist.
Erin Coates, Heavy Metal Skull, 2020, from the series ‘Swan River Dolphin Bones’, Graphite on paper, 59 x 76 cm. Commissioned by Goolugatup Heathcote. Courtesy the artist.
Erin Coates, Metallic Water, 2020, cast bronze, porcelain, gold leaf, gold chain, steel, dimensions variable. Installation view from Alluvial Gold at Goolugatup Heathcote, Perth Festival 2021. Commissioned by Goolugatup Heathcote. Photograph: Daniel Grant.

Erin Coates

Born 1977 in Albany, Australia
Lives in Perth, Australia


Erin Coates is an artist working across drawing, sculpture and film. Her practice focuses on the limits of our bodies and physical interaction with and within given environments. She draws from her own background in rock climbing and freediving and her artwork is also informed by her deep interest in biology, body horror and genre cinema. Recent work has centered on the oceanic Gothic in relation to Australia’s unique marine flora and fauna and presents hybrid forms that merge human elements with various endemic life forms. Referencing anthropogenic impacts on these organisms her work at times engages with a transgressive bodily aesthetic while proposing possible posthuman futures.