I have an impulse to trim, groom, prune elements into highly ornamental, contained collections. These works aren’t depictions of landscape in the sense of a wild, continuous, untamed nature. These are highly orchestrated collections within a discrete space (whether that be a pile within the the frame or the jar; also another type of frame) and are therefore rather restrained. In a sense, this work is a much more ordered nature than actually exists and so is ultimately removed from nature, even alien. I consider the wreath pieces to fit right in with this: they are as much landscapes as the pictures with a horizon line, just as they are also arranged objects/collections. In both the collage works and the oil paintings, a meditative and meticulous process is evident, as is the evidence of my hand on the surfaces.
These works are influenced by my observed environment, classic Disney movies, bonsai trees, textile design, black light posters and victorian valentines.
Erin Harmon was raised in the suburbs of southern California where the natural desert is sated by hundreds of miles of aqueducts to produce obsessively groomed lawns. After graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in studio art, she earned her MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions around the country including at Lawrence Asher Gallery, Los Angeles; the Parthenon Museum, Nashville; the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Art Center, Alexandria; the Atlanta Artists Center & Gallery; and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
Erin currently lives in the verdant and fecund Tennessee delta where kudzu and coal sludge can swallow everything in their path. She is an Associate Professor of Art & the Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Rhodes College.