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Discover Primavera 2016 : Mira Oosterweghel

Mira Oosterweghel

Endocrine System

With external input the feedback loop of the endocrine system kicks into play. Fear, gland and hormone response equals action. Suspended in the gallery space, there is a body hovering unnaturally, uncomfortably. One of Mira Oosterweghel’s ladders traverses the impossible heights of the double height room. A figure might climb the ladder. The weight of the suspended body is evident in the strain of rubber on rope. The body hangs, potential and volatile. In the endocrine system, whether you are experiencing danger or viewing someone else in danger, adrenaline releases in the same manner.

Artist bio

Born 1987, Melbourne. Lives and works Melbourne.

Mira Oosterweghel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) (2013) from Monash University. Oosterweghel has exhibited in ARIs and participated in arts festivals in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and the Netherlands and she has been awarded the Erin Svigos Award for Best Visual Art, Adelaide Fringe, 2015; an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, 2014 and a Monash Global Scholarship in 2010. Oosterweghal’s solo exhibitions include Unstable Moments, Metro Arts, Brisbane, 2015; y Technique is My Own, Kings ARI Melbourne, 2015; Uncomfortable Gesture, FELTspace, Adelaide, 2015, and; Underground Behavings, Sample Space, Platform, Melbourne, 2013. Group exhibitions include To not believe in the divine, yet always aspire to reach it, Bus Projects, Melbourne, 2015; Performance/Presence Video/Time, Australian Experimental Art Space, Adelaide, 2015, and; Collapsing Conditions, Alliance Francaise, Melbourne, 2010.

woman climbs a ladder suspended in the air over a white dividing wall

Mira Oosterweghel Precarious Life 2016, installation view, Primavera 2016: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2016, rope, dowel, dyna-bolts, single-channel digital video, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Jacquie Manning