I am a wandering spirit desperately in love with the forest and the sea, consumed by observing the world in its vastness and its atomity. I compulsively collect vignettes, minutiae, detritus, and scraps of things. My work is formed layer-by-layer, a conjugation of my experiential encounters with the world into concrete forms. They limn the threshold of grand flawless earth forms and the manufactured structures and systems that lie atop them, subjugate them, gorge and scar them, and disturbingly embellish them. My aesthetic is found at this intersection where the man-made convenes with the natural.
My most recent projects were initiated by my immersion in new environments, extracting materials from them, and generating visual narratives about the environs to build original sculptures largely from found materials collected onsite. I process the amassed components- cleaning, polishing, cutting, molding, assembling- until a form emerges from this duteous time spent with elements. I then embellish and finish the piece with classic studio techniques. Through this practice, my subject matter has evolved from interpretations of actual locations to more ethereal suggested landscapes.
Erinn Kathryn is an interdisciplinary artist who works in sculpture, painting, mixed media, and installation. Her work has been exhibited at Milepost 5, Good: a gallery, Guardino Gallery, Lightbox Kulturhaus, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Multnomah Arts Center in Portland, Oregon, and at Bear Gallery and Alaska House Gallery in Fairbanks, AK. Erinn has been awarded several Project Grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), along with an honorarium from RACC for a site-specific installation in 2015. She was also the recipient of a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission in 2017.
Since 2011, Erinn has participated in various artist residencies, including ‘In A Time of Change: The Art of Fire’ in Interior Alaska, GLEAN Artist Residency at Portland’s Metro Transfer Site, and Carving Studio and Sculpture Center Artist Residency, in West Rutland, VT. In 2016 Erinn and fellow artist Jennifer LaMastra co-curated the Little Free Gallery Project- a community-oriented temporary art installation within existing Little Free Library boxes throughout Portland.
Erinn Kathryn studied printmaking, dance, and psychology at Penn State University, and received her M.A.T. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Erinn’s work is part of the permanent collections of the J. Michael Carroll Cancer Center at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Fairbanks, AK and the Museum of the North, University of Alaska Fairbanks.