Courtney Coombs is a Brisbane-based artist who works with text, photography, moving image, installation, performance, sculpture and found objects. Coombs is also a shy and introverted person and a passionate political activist grappling with the nexus of art and life and thus their work is too. Their practice critiques the cis-heteronormative, patriarchal structures of both the art world and society more broadly using strategies such as subjective voice, personal narrative, humour and metaphor. Coombs is suspicious of the allure of expensive, shiny and/or ‘finished’ things and as such uses personal vulnerability, collaboration, intimacy, everyday items 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). They 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, both in a solo and collaborative capacity in venues that include: Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Villa Merkel (Esslingen), Roji to Hito (Tokyo), Australian Centre for Contemproary Art (Melbourne), Bus Projects (Melbourne), Artspace (Sydney), Performance Space (Sydney), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), QUT Art Museum (Brisbane), Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space (Brisbane) and Metro Arts (Brisbane).