Urban Strolling | Courtney Coombs
Urban Strolling presents new work stemming from a recent one-month residency in Cadiz, Spain. In Cadiz, Courtney explored the possibility of walking as a strategy for unlearning, where unlearning involves the process of moving forward and backward to find a new center. The resulting works are but a small offering from this new line of enquiry.
Courtney Coombs is a Brisbane-based artist, working with photography, moving image, installation, performance, sculpture and found objects. She is also an activist grappling with the nexus of art and life. Her practice critiques the heteronormative, patriarchal structures of both the art world and society more broadly using strategies such as subjective voice, personal narrative, humour, metaphor and reappropriating the clichés of romantic love. Courtney also uses personal vulnerability, collaboration, intimacy and minimal gestures to explore the value and position of art and human connection/disconnection.
Coombs is also a founding Co-Director of the artist run initiatives and collectives, No Frills* (2008-2010) and LEVEL (2010-current). She graduated from QUT in 2008 with First Class Honours, and has been awarded a PhD (practice based research) in Visual Art at the same institution. Coombs has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions and her work is held in private and public institutions.
Essay by Lisa Bryan-Brown