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Erin Riley


Textile artist: Erin Riley


Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 pm


Visual Arts Complex 1B20, CU-Boulder
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“Utilizing the medium of tapestry, I am weaving on a floor loom using wool yarn that I hand dye. I weave images of figures in states of undress or exposure, personal objects and various landscapes relating to destruction and death. I spend time researching addiction, sexual experimentation, popular internet culture, the effects of single parent households, socio-economic status’ etc. I am drawn to the intimate images that are the remnants of courtship, text message/IM/email flirtations turned into the litter of the internet. The sexual charge that was once held in pictures is shorter and shorter, pushing for a need for new. I am using my own images that I have sent to lovers, and images of other bodies depicting the moments that I can relate to as a sexual being. I am also depicting the objects that I have formed attachments to, as well as objects that have heavy implications, displays of arrests, deaths, addictions and sexuality.
“I am interested in the honesty of sexuality, and how imagery, relationships, pornography and sex is changing as a result of the mass depiction of these intimate moments. I am interested in how my coming of age on the internet has affected the quality or mere occurrence of IRL relationships. I am inspired by the beauty of the figure, self portraiture for pleasure and how glimpses into those moments are consumed and shared on the internet.”
This event is part of the Visiting Artist Program

We would like to thank our students for making this program possible with funding from Art and Art History Student Activities Fees.

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