I met Erica Mahinay this past fall at the Vermont Studio Center while we were resident artists. I thought her work was amazing in person, and so this morning I was very excited to see a press release from her in my inbox.
Erica’s work is play between painting and sculpture, and what I really love about it is how ambitious it is. Ambition cannot always be met, but her pieces — a combination of painting on canvas supported by physical objects and installation, really create an environment for the viewer. A portion of Erica’s artist statement:
As an emerging artist, it is my ambition to amplify the scope of my work through compelling visual play, extensive dialogue, and examining my relationship to the history of painting. In my work, I explore the psychological and emotional weight inherent in our construction of “home”. My painting-constructions utilize the familiarity of the home to explore notions of longing, displacement, inversion, truth, self-deception, and perseverance. By combining a variety of materials, I am allowed to create a system of clues that create an immediate sense of familiarity, but in a way that is shifted and uncanny. Dense layers of subtly colored paint and stripped away portions act in conjunction with found objects and painted representations to create visual play between history and invention, dreams and memory, and the past, present, and future.
If you are local to Kansas City, Missouri, Erica has a show at the Cocoon Gallery from March 4th to the 26th.