Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Erin M. Riley

Philadelphia based fiber artist Erin M. Riley is tackling taboo issues with her loom. She’s capturing the issues of today’s generation with very old school traditional form of storytelling. Her threads weave together depictions of female sexuality, drug use, birth control, car crashes, selfies, among others. The results of which are breathtaking in a very perverse way - most of the images will make you feel as if you’re sneaking a peek at private photos on someones phone, the element of being privy to what’s going on behind the scene but not being talked about - and at second glance you can’t help but stare in awe at the painstaking efforts that go into her work. 

Erin Riley’s work is vibrant, violent, beautiful, sad but above all honest.  She makes tapestries addressing the myriad of issues youth, and particularly women, face and the pain that we go through and sometimes inflict upon ourselves.  Erin Riley will be showing her work starting today at the Extension Gallery – Orchard Skateshop in Boston, MA, so if that’s where you are or will be stop by.

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