28 June – 28 July 2018
Bosse and Baum, London
Emerging from an exploration of the relationship between ritual, myth, ecological fragility, and the politics of the
body, this exhibition took its name from a kind of wedding ring used in late medieval and early
modern Britain. The gimmel ring, made from a single piece of metal, comprised two interlocking
bands, which were then separated and worn by each partner prior to marriage. At marriage,
the two rings were re-joined and worn by the woman, marking their union - and her new
status as a married woman.
This partially autobiographical body of sculpture and installation takes the gimmel ring
as a figurative tool for investigating the psychological, mythological, historical and political
dimensions of bodily intimacy and kinship. Drawing on her experiences growing up in Aoteroa New
Zealand, Austin’s work is a complex and critical interrogation of practices and visions of
joining and severance; between people, cultures, human and non-human agencies.