Home. It is the house I returned to each year after my eager departure at eighteen, or a single blip on a map of the Alaskan wilderness. Home includes physical structures: a backyard with a creek, a fifth floor walk-up in cramped Manhattan, a one room cabin sans running water. Home is also my oldest friend, my former roommates, my only sibling. Home is even a chronology of time. Sometimes home is purely sensory; a collaboration with the physical body in movement, the smell of the forest of the Pacific Northwest, a sensation or memory of a tender moment shared with people passed. Home is literal, psychological, spiritual.
I mine the notions of home.
I collect vignettes, minutiae, detritus, and fragments of things on daily walks or extended travels, intuitively, not knowing how they will play into the work later. In the studio, I extract the ethereal qualities from these and work them into the art object. This process dictates the medium and the manifestation. The conjugation of the immaterial idea to the concrete form occurs in this delicate evolution of experiential accounts into conceptual theses.
Erinn Kathryn is an interdisciplinary artist who works in painting, mixed media, sculpture, and installation. Her work has been exhibited at 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. She was a 2012 RACC Project Grant recipient, and a 2014 Project Grant Award collaborator.
In June 2016 Erinn co-curated the Little Free Gallery Project, a community-oriented temporary art installation within existing Little Free Library boxes throughout Portland. Currently, Erinn is an artist -in-residence with Glean, a low-res program at the Metro Transfer Site that implores artists to generate a body of work made from trash gleaned from the waste stream (http://www.gleanpdx.org/glean/).
Erinn studied printmaking, dance, and psychology at Penn State University and received her M.A.T. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.