My work, "Death Knell," and "Organized Cacophony," will be on exhibit from April 3rd through September at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ. The exhibit is curated by Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator Emerita of the Museum of Arts and Design, and Cleveland Johnson, Executive Director of the Morris Museum.
The work is currently for sale, but will be at the Museum throughout the exhibition, which ends September 6th, 2020.
1. “Death K nell ,” paper and paint on canvas, 20 x 20 x 1, © Erin K uhn 2020- Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, uses a metaphor of a wave in the ocean to describe human existence. The concept of returning to the ocean after the journey of the wave is complete struck me deeply. Sound is energy, traveling through longitudinal or transverse waves. Energy is never destroyed, but transformed and changed.
I made gestural drawings of a skeleton rocking its head, and designed the visual representation of sound waves both undulating in ripples and spiking out in discordance and cut all of them out of paper. I layered the tolling of bells to mark someone’s death in sound waves on the canvas. Expanding from the initial symbolism of the wave, I focused on visually representing energy (life and death) as a force in both form and shape and color.
2. “Organized Cacophony,” paper and paint on canvas, 20 x16 x 1, © Erin Kuhn 2020
- I cut paper into all the various kinks, coils, swells and ripples of sound waves. I played with the tension of cacophony and the desire to organize it by utilizing “knolling” - a process used in photography to arrange items in a visually pleasing way.
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