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Erin McKenny
updated: 02/15/2011
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, abstract, childhood, domestic, psychological, organic, gestural
 
 
red idea by Erin McKenny
red idea
rope, wood, acrylic
2011
18" x  18" 
ideas by Erin McKenny
ideas
rope, wood, acrylic
2011
18 " x  18 " 
holding by Erin McKenny
holding
paper
2011
10" x  10" 
twist by Erin McKenny
twist
watercolor
2009
11" x  8.5" 
stack by Erin McKenny
stack
watercolor
2010
11 " x  8.5 " 
drop by Erin McKenny
drop
watercolor
2009
11" x  8.5" 
join by Erin McKenny
join
watercolor
2010
11 " x  8.5 " 
full by Erin McKenny
full
watercolor
2009
11" x  8.5" 
slide by Erin McKenny
slide
watercolor
2009
11 " x  8.5 " 
stain by Erin McKenny
stain
watercolor
2009
11" x  8.5" 
reach by Erin McKenny
reach
watercolor
2010
11 " x  8.5 " 
spot by Erin McKenny
spot
watercolor
2009
11" x  8.5" 
growth by Erin McKenny
growth
watercolor
2009
11" x  8.5" 
splat by Erin McKenny
splat
watercolor
2009
11" x  8.5" 
reach by Erin McKenny
reach
watercolor
2010
11" x  8.5" 

Artist Statement

A basket overflows with colorful toys; water tumbles from a faucet and fills a tub; a bowl organizes a bunch of grapes—objects are scattered through and contained in our environments.  And then they change—the grapes are eaten, the bath is drained, the toys are strewn across the floor.

 

Color, shape, and line hold or lose our interest. On a still lake, a floating branch breaks the surface and becomes a visual anchor.  The eye is drawn by color, the brown branch; it examines the branch, its line, the intersection of objects, where water meets branch.  The eye sees eddies around the branch; the branch gently rocking in waves.  Then its weight, its significance, shifts and suddenly the color field is disrupted.

 

Watercolors also change and react to one another-- the colors pool, mix, and separate. The paints I used were purchased at the dollar store for my son.  Now that I’m a mother of two, I’m enjoying again the essential shapes, the simple forms of children’s toys, books, and games and my home is filled with puzzle pieces, blocks and toy cars.

 

Through the use of simple forms, my paintings explore moments of stasis or action. These moments gather significance by their relationship to white space like rain striking a window and rolling down the pane or a brush leaving the page and returning.  They are experience distilled to component parts: object and subject, color and shape, and are emblematic of larger relationships—where mountains become valley, where water meets sand, where strangers are seated next to each other, briefly, on a train.

Artist Bio / CV
 Education

2001

MFA in Printmaking/Drawing, Washington University

1995

BA in Studio Art, University of New Hampshire

Exhibitions

2010

Lucky 13

One Hundred for 100

Small Distances--watercolors by Erin McKenny, Bennington Museum

2004

Barn East Gallery, Bennington College

2003

First Friday, North Adams, Massachusetts

2002

Blue, Crowe T. Brooks Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Night of 1000 Drawings,

Artists Space, New York, New York

2001

Don and Erin’s Show, Hartz Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Faculty Show, St. Charles County Community College, St. Charles, MO

Faculty Show, Florissant Valley Art Gallery, Florissant, Missouri

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Lemp Brewery, St. Louis, Missouri

Masters’ Pieces, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, Missouri

Nineteen Playgrounds, The Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

2000

HAIRY the Hair Show, St. Louis, Missouri

One of One, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

Super Imposed, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

Phenomenal Women, Bixby Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

Publications

2007

New American Paintings, Northeastern Edition

2002

Maisonneuve, September

2001

The West End Word, May 10-16

2000

New American Paintings, The M.F.A. Annual 2000

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 9, 2000

Residencies

2006 Weir Farm, Ridgefield, CT

2005 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2003 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT