(Australian, 1974 -)
Kristin McIver is an Australian artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting and installation. Utilising materials such as neon and acrylic, McIver’s works explore the themes of desire and aspiration prevalent in our consumer driven culture. Through her work, the artist aims to break down the illusions of commodity aesthetics. Borrowing advertising’s very tools of seduction – emotive language, light, and hyper-gloss materials – her artworks mimic the seductive promotions of commoditised ideals before exposing the impact of perpetual consumer cycle on our identity, culture and environment. By subverting the very notion of desire, McIver’s works expose the false realities imposed by urban indoctrination.
McIver’s work has been selected as finalist in a number of awards and residencies, including the Melbourne Sculpture Prize (2012), Montalto Sculpture Prize (2009/2010), City of Whyalla Art Prize, Substation Contemporary Art Award (2011), and 3rd Ward’s Summer Open Call in New York (2010). Her work is held in private collections in Victoria, New South Wales, Perth, Singapore and the UK. McIver was selected to participate in the 2013 OMI International Artists Residency in Columbia County, New York. She opened her first exhibition outside of Australia in May 2013 at royale projects : contempotrary art in Palm Desert, California.