Issue 169 - February 2, 2006

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Coretta Scott King as Our Lady of Sorrows
by Erin Currier

1927 - 2006

Erin Currier ~ Artist
www.erincurrierfineart.com

26 1/2" x 22 1/2"

This piece is in a private collection

Contact Erin Currier via e-Mail at erincurrierfineart@yahoo.com

Erin Currier was born on January 10, 1975 in Massachusetts. She left New England for Northern New Mexico in 1993. Erin earned her BFA in Costume Design from the College of Santa Fe in 1997. She began her formal career as a fine artist when she moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1998. Since then, she has built a reputation for innovative assemblages composed of recycled materials from all over the world, and has been represented in exhibitions and galleries in the Taos area and in California. Her work is in private collections internationally.

Artists Statement

For thousands of years people have created art from materials close at hand. With these materials artists have embroidered and enriched reality with skill and imagination. As a contemporary artist I continue this tradition. In seeking the balance between the abundance of substances out of which art can be created, between traditions and cultures, esthetics and politics, and the conditions of men and women in their relationship to modernization, I found my medium in that which is most readily accessible in our day and age; namely, Trash. We often find the true gold in that which seems to have no beneficial purpose.

Like a fool feigning idiocy in order to survive, and then win back his kingdom, the disposable world illustrates the ongoing discourse between artifice and nature. Through my work, the disposable, the profane, the discarded, the mundane, the unwanted, are reformatted into socio-spiritual urgencies, the disaster and deliverance of contemporary life.

The recycled material used in my work was collected from China, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, India, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and US.