Erin Hayden received BS in art education and studio arts from Illinois State University and is a current MFA candidate in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
My paintings hover in the space between pictorial representation and the actuality of the painting as object. Through the use of paint, papers, and fabrics, I create spaces where the identities of materials shift and merge into one another while also conforming to pictorial representation. My paintings directly link to image matter that has a place within the history of painting, depicting commonly known images that can be identified by a wide range of audiences. I am engaging a long tradition of painting still life objects, landscapes, animals, etc., while also highlighting the materiality of the paintings as objects.
By choosing common image types, I am able to push paint and material to its limits in a variety of ways while still conforming to the conventions of picture making. The collaged areas bring a direct representation of the subject, and in some instances, the materials transform identities. For instance colorful dresses become tulips, cookies form the backside of a dog, or a night sky is transformed into a mountain. The paintings deliver instances where the image coheres and yet falls apart as the different materials become apparent. The paint density also plays an important role in asserting the fluctuation between image and object. Washy areas of paint are used to create infinite space, opaque paint makes flat assertions of surface, and thick impasto paint enters into the viewer’s physical space. With this layering and absence of different materials, I want to question our everyday visual experiences in hopes of bringing to light the phenomenon of simply looking.
Erin’s work will be up from November 3rd through December 19th.
Morton College is located on 3801 S Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804 Building C, first floor across from the Book Store.
This exhibition is free and open to the public.
Curated by Diana Gabriel
On the Mend Film Festival is tomorrow night! One of the most exciting aspects of this Pig and Weasel event is that it pairs short, independent films with interdisciplinary, contemporary art. The line-up includes work from Jan Brandt, Lauren Turk, Juan Fernandez, Angela Bryant, Anni Holm and Melanie Scott-Dockery.
“There are enough things keeping us apart. We need more things that bring us together.” Pastor Corey Brooks
Mending is an active process that springs from conflict. The artists in this show each seek resolution in their own way. Some explore the medium in search of an existing, internal resolution. Others reach across different media to arrive at a brand new resolution.
They tear down old constructs and revive abandoned materials to build new ones. They see opportunity in the space between experiences and repurpose objects that we no longer value. By adding and subtracting, revealing and obscuring they reflect on the past and dream of the future. – Diana Gabriel
Pig and Weasel’s inaugural film fest features MFA thesis films from Thavary Krouch, Tim Tamisiea and me, Mario Contreras. All 3 films feature characters that are going though some kind of healing process… all of which are just beginning. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and original artwork, curated by Diana Gabriel. Join us!