Got a Girl Crush On: Erin M. Riley and her “Woven Selfies”
We’ve blogged about Erin before, but this is the first installment of original GAGC Originals — content created solely for this website.
Erin’s been getting a lot of attention recently—interviewed by Alter Street and on the radio alike, about what it means to be a woman that creates weavings of photos of other women in states of undress. Is it perpetuating a patriarchal subjection of women? Is it commentary on social media and a younger generation seeking outside validation seeing as “selfie” was Oxford Dictionary’s word-of-the-year in 2013? Or is it just really embracing women as sexual beings and how they express that in a digital age? Could be a bit of all of the former, could just be visually interesting—regardless we think they’re freaking amazing!
She culls Google and Facebook for subjects for her wall-sized tapestries. The viewer is confronted with nudity, used tampons, remnants of sex, drugs, and women posing in front of a mirror with their iPhones. A modern discussion of the permanency of what happens once you upload a photo the the internet is tangibly captured in an ages-old art form.
Erin M. Riley is a young, upcoming artist who used a loom, one of the oldest forms of storytelling, to depict the lives of teens and young adults. she has a range of breathtaking, controversial “taboo” pieces. These are some of my favourites.
Last week of my show at @o_g_a_a_r_d
Join them this Saturday from 6-9 pm for the closing of Erin M. Riley’s solo show The Pain Comes in Waves! @erinmriley #woven #tapestry Tag me if you head over so I can see it one last time!
Looking through old images of my loom for a publication. Here it is in Philly sunbathing.