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“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” (Rumi)
Hi! I’m Erin Kuhn, an interdisciplinary mixed media artist. My early childhood experiences fostered a deep reverence for fine arts. I made my own looms, crushed pigments and made my own paint in a mortar. I would wade in the shallow end of our pool soaking reeds while my mother made baskets. My entire life I have wanted to learn about tools and techniques and create artwork.
Art is a bridge from my inner world to this world, where I can translate my thoughts and ideas and share the images I dream of. It is also a bridge from this world into me, where I filter my experiences and reflect.
In high school I spent years at Parsons, lugging a portfolio the size of a train seat through the city. Galleries and museums were my sacred spaces. I fangirled over my favorite sculptors’ pieces and sat in awe beneath massive, emotionally explosive paintings.
I earned my BFA at MICA. I steeped myself in chemicals, moved my body through the light in darkrooms, dodging and burning myself into paper for years. Since then I have spent the last 10+ years honing my craft, expanding into new media, reveling in art and toiling in my studio everyday.
I draw inspiration from tarot, syncretism, witchcraft, mythology, feminism, mortality, gender politics and art history. My current body of work is created by working on multiple canvases at once. I create my backgrounds by painting abstract color fields and textures over the span of weeks. I am constantly working on batches of canvases, adding and subtracting from them over time. I write out my concepts and themes, research and read up on my subject matter. I then draw my central figures digitally, lately often inspired by the unsung models of art history. I cut them out of paper and spray paint and make markings on the paper cutouts. I then arrange the layers of paper on the canvas and adhere them archivally. Sometimes I will cut my drawings out of vinyl stencil and spray paint directly to the canvas. I love the process of working both digitally and in analog, as it allows me to explore both calculated precision and serendipitous moments.
My work layers dark conceptual themes under bright and cheerful palettes. The overarching theme in throughout my work reveals a pattern of animal symbolism, and religious syncretism that forms its own lexicon. Color, allegory and symbolism bridge individual pieces with the overall collections.