1. medial Global Art Annual
   30.06.05     30.06.06


Country: Australia
Miriam Cabello

    1.Extend, 2005 Oil on Canvas 130x170 cm.   2.Whipping Boy II, 2005 Oil on Canvas 130x170 cm.   3.Luminance II, 2005 Oil on Linen 40x30 cm.    4.Luminance I, 2005 Oil on Linen 40x30 cm.






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Miriam Cabello became greatly influenced by her lecturer Julie Brown Rapp whilst attending Sydney College of the Arts (U.Syd), an enviable achievement for a 17-year-old in 1985. In 2001 she was short-listed for Sport Artist of the Year by the American Sport Art Museum and Archives. Miriam will be collaborating with the Curator, Kay Daughdrill to procure an artist exchange program.
In her latest series, Whipping Boy, Australian artist Miriam Cabello takes on a daring approach by destabilising our traditional view of the Other. Her paintings bring our long-standing notions of oppression into the realm of the highly masculine male boxer. Far from fetishist, Cabello’s provocative work looks at the athletic physicality of the muscular male form, juxtaposed against the subjugation and aggression often promoted by racial and gender stereotyping.

Cabello’s imagery is concerned with the human response to the binary of black and white men, emerged from her innovative outlook towards the complex sociological and emotional aspects of the vitality of such a sport. Her inspiration has transpired from the osmosis of the rapid movement of Abstract Expressionism and the Old Italian Masters.

Materialised in the form of oil on linen, Cabello reconstructs her experience of a vigorous boxing match, intricately recreating the heightened emotion. Cabello constructs the works with a limited palette of three colours, yet the vibrancy and intimacy is far from minimal. She methodically streams a geometric grid that initially imprisons her subject in isolation. The muscular lines of the subject are strong, admirable and distinct. The solemness of expression and tears of paint evoke empathy that is a provocative representation of conflict, identity and emotion.