Embracing the corporeal qualities of oil paint, Erin investigates the meanings and conditions of the self in contemporary society. Continuously returning to portraiture and the figure, she is particularly invested in the representation of women and gendered identities. Transcending the art historical convention of the male artist and the female muse, Erin primarily uses the self-portrait to close the space between the artist and model, rejecting the male gaze and ascertaining her autonomy as an artist in the twenty-first century.
The variable properties of paint aid the development of this theme, confirming the material presence of the subject and maker. Playing with a variety of scales and styles, the works employ an analytical gaze to suggest both the complex nature of the self and the artistic process as an embodied experience.
Born in 1997, Erin grew up in and saw the artistic climates of both London and Cornwall. During her school years she developed an interest in painting and drawing, establishing a particular fascination with portraiture and the figure. This dedication culminated in a portrait of hers being exhibited in the Royal Society of British Artists at the Mall Galleries in 2015.
However, at a pivotal point in her education, Erin decided to pursue the academic side of Art, choosing to study the History of Art at the University of Bristol. This gave Erin the possibility to interrogate the conditions of artistic practice and her understanding continues to inform and play a vital role in her own work. Erin continues to sustain an interest in both the academic and practical aspect of Art in all its forms.
Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2015