Erin Langley is an artist working and living in Missoula, Montana. She received her B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Montana in 2018. She is originally from Eliot, Maine.
These paintings are best understood as condensed history: remnants of activity that can be traced back to the actions of the maker. Found materials and physical marks in the form of drips, globs, gouges and cuts suggest these works are both object and subject. As objects the paintings are accretions, built up through a process of accumulating layers. While the composition is resolved, movement and process are still evident thus giving them the presence of living subjects.
Using the dense and dramatic compositions associated with baroque painters, raucous, oversaturated colors and thick, tactile paint are layered to develop a surface of visual information that teeters between solid design and implosion. Whereas baroque painters prized clarity of narrative to tell a story, these paintings are abstract because I understand abstraction to be the most direct way to communicate the ineffable glut of daily life.
The intention is to sympathetically embody our world, while critiquing it. Embedded objects, found materials, and colors function as both artifacts and signifiers for our current cultural experience. Inherent messiness provokes questions regarding the realms of craft, sentimentality, and decoration; all perceived as historically “female” endeavors. The results present a visual and conceptual conversation between art and craft, ready made and manipulated, funny and tragic, inviting and repellent.
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