Erin M. Riley
Brooklyn based artist Erin M.Riley uses traditional tapestry techniques to explore women’s sexuality in its more intimate facets. Her weavings are similar to a pre-teen’s Instragram posts as they explore an uncomfortable aspect of modern days: nude selfies, as well as sex and party scenes are all present in her work. According to the artist, she tries to understand the way people interact through her art. Part of the AOL and MSN generation, Riley grew up in this virtual world in which people share intimate moments all the time and where nudity seems to be a common and normal thing... so she decided to adopt this theme and go further with it. Her work is an honest observation on sexuality and the uncomfortable disconnection between the feminine and female sexuality.
As she explains: “My work is the culmination of research into addiction, sexual experimentation, popular internet culture, the effects of single parent households, socio-economic status’ etc. I am drawn to the images taken for private exchanges that become littered on the internet. I am using my own images that I have sent to lovers as well as the objects that I have formed psychological attachments to, objects that have impacted people’s lives, displays of arrests, deaths, addictions.”
Erin M. Riley’s last exhibition “Space//Squared” is shown at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco until July 5.