Artist’s Statement When I work with paint I feel like my creativity just flows from my hand onto the canvas and the paint is what creates the imprint. It’s almost like a creative fossil. I can tell just by looking at my brushstrokes what I was feeling when I painted a particular piece. My work is highly symbolic. Every piece has a surrounding concept or theme. It can be anything from an environmental issue to a social issue. It is often an obstacle I am struggling to overcome in my personal life. I have a particular fondness for collage and mixed media. I feel that it can be very difficult to convey an idea when one is restricted to a single medium. I am crazy about texture. I never want to produce a piece that appears flat. I want my art to be something people want to touch as well as look at. I encourage people to touch it. Perhaps this is because the whole point for me in being an artist is to touch others in some way. Art has always been a sort of silent means of communicating idea to the masses. Especially ideas that were taboo at the time. These are things that I think about when I create a work. I am especially fond of bright colors. It’s all about packaging. If I’m dealing with body image for instance I want people to see that women of all shapes and colors are beautiful in their own way. I want people to think outside the cookie cutter idea of beauty that the fashion industry and the media try to cram down our throats every day. Painting boldly colored curvaceous female forms is my way of subtly suggesting that there are many different types of beauty and that the standard is just that- standard. There is nothing particularly interesting about everyone looking the same or trying to fit into someone else’s idea of perfect. Another prominent concept in my work is nature. These references are my way of pointing out that the Earth does not belong to us. We belong to it and everything is connected. Despite the detachment that most people feel due to constantly expanding populations, deforestation, and habitat loss that are occurring everyday. We are inundated with bad news. I choose to present this material in a less invasive way. It’s overwhelming to see these things in the news and think “there is nothing that I can personally do”. It’s invigorating to inspire other people to make even the smallest of changes where they can. Awareness is key in facilitating any kind of change in this world and that’s exactly what I want to do as an artist; facilitate positive change in the world around us.
Biography: Erin Nease is an artist born and raised in north Georgia who currently resides in Chattanooga Tennessee. She is primarily a mixed media artist and photographer. Much of her work is thematic and deals with social issues, as well as problems and challenges she faces in her own life.
Country: United States
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