I am interested in the desire to be objectified/respected/desired/equal. During this interview, Westmoreland paused to take a breath. Why did Michael Lin install a complete house on a roof in Shanghai? Something you treasure: I treasure myself, and my work. I have no idea. Today, I have Erin on the Blog with whom I had the chance to chat about writing, her TRUE Believers Boys, Sequels and more ! Sexuality is something in which our roles are often turned on their heads. EMR: I have had many interesting exchanges with people who have seen my work evolve, grow more aggressive or explicit and back again. What drew us to her tapestries in particular is her use of unconventional imagery, which bridges the gap between traditional techniques and contemporary issues that affect youth today. The clients always provide the image. I am quite keen to do an interview with her, so I got in touch with them, and their founder gave me a call this afternoon All images courtesy of the artist Erin M. Riley/erinmriley.com unless otherwise noted. Projects in 102 countries. We had the chance to interview her ahead of a showing at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia on August 30th, with some of the pieces she submitted interspaced in the Q&A’s below…. Nowadays, we are much more comfortable self-publishing photographs of ourselves or sending photographs to partners; we are aware of how to take the most flattering photograph and are generally implicit in the sharing. Article by Romily Alice in London // Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Being a woman in today’s society means calculating risk at every turn, every comment, every picture, every “like” implicates us into a greater scheme of judgment. At times deeply personal and honest, her work explores post party mishaps, social and sexual interactions of dating, death, pop culture and more. Think of me as a painter who uses yarn. Tapestry is how I feel the most comfortable presenting the images that stand out the most. 7:13. 72.9k Followers, 1,631 Following, 2,137 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from erin m. riley (@erinmriley) I also had fascinations with being in jail and being a stripper, both seemed easy ways to live for free or make money. EMR: I have had an interesting go at selling artwork, I support myself through sales, but for many of my collectors my tapestries are the first piece of textile art they have collected. You decide, What do you think about Dash Snowâs controversial polaroids? Erin Riley’s work is vibrant, violent, beautiful, sad but above all honest. But I want to be sexy, I want to be desired and sexually fulfilled, I think my only responsibility is to be conscious of the injustices against women and understand the differences between sexism, exploitation, and sexuality. My friend Mickey told me that his friend, artist Erin M. Riley gave it to him and I should meet her and check out her work. Do you â¨get any negative feedback from people around you? Saffiya Ansari, "Political, Powerful, Pink: NYC Gallery Spotlights Feminism at Frieze" EK Interview: Erin M Riley. Published: January 5, 2016 - Last Updated on May 4, 2020. I was interested in sewing and painting, and the fibers major was something that sat perfectly between those two. Erin M. Riley interview - Nothing is off limits (NSFW) Is there a better reflection of a culture than the creatives living in it? I am open about the changes in my work because often it reflects a change that is going on in my personal or sexual life. Jessica Ross. In grad school, this was a conversation that killed the “crafts department,” which I was part of. What bugs me about society is that we throw parties for babies, we kiss them and pass them around, but because my partner’s sperm in condoms and I weave them, its somehow different, and grosser. Your family? I collect and prepare colors for the pieces and get everything ready to start weaving, after that its just a slow and steady process of weaving the image from the bottom up. As a woman, I feel like I have a responsibility to educate myself on misogyny, feminism, and the sex industries that I engage with. The same goes for Erin M. Riley. There are topics that are really difficult that I want to work with but don’t think I could emotionally handle working with for days at a time. She took some time out of her busy schedule to conduct this exclusive interview with us. Why do you choose using images of guns and adult movies rather than flowers or other imagery traditionally seen in tapestry? EMR: Throughout high school and my childhood I expressed myself through paint, and quite possibly if I had not found weaving I might still be working in a painting/collage/mixed media way, maybe mixing in some technology or digital mediums. I found weaving in college. She has taken a look at both her own and the collective consciousness of the individuals of today and laid what she sees for all to witness. Erin M Riley: Ok, I am Erin M Riley, I grew up in Massachusetts, went to art school at Massachusetts College of Art & Design and moved to Philadelphia once I was accepted at Tyler School of Art for grad school, and for now Philadelphia is where I make my art. It is the medium I feel the most connected with. AM: How do you feel the market is for the type of work you do? Do Ho Suh recreated entire apartment in museum, Yeesookyung’s ceramic vases: Imperfection & surprising results, The 10 best works of Shanghai’s West Bund Art Fair 2019. I think she is just glad I didn’t kill myself in high school and don’t bug her for money now. Arrested Motion: For our readers who are unfamiliar with your work, can you please tell us a little about your background and your art? I am open about the drug paraphernalia not because it reflects my own use, but because its something my family members have struggled with. Weaving was a process I had no knowledge of and I connected instantly with it. Anything interesting that was learned from the process in contrast? Tapestry allows images to be given more time, for hookups to gel, for mistakes to be thought over, its a way to over analyze every detail. Based in Brooklyn, Riley transforms found imagery from the Internet into meticulous hand-woven tapestries. Most things in fine art are made by hand; we all develop our craft and mediums in various ways. Its all opinion, elders in the craft world who are scared of becoming irrelevant are hung up on staying in this royalty position in which “time spent” gives you “street cred.” Young people today are coming across textiles, ceramics, jewelry, etc. AM: What kind of reactions have you seen to your work at openings or in conversations with collectors, fans, and those who may find your work offensive? I am super excited for the opportunity to chat with you a little bit! Letâs start from the beginning. These eventually led me to combine the two, making simple drawings that I translated into tapestry using a very limited color palette. We're community-driven. “An Interview with Erin M. Riley”, Juxtapoz Magazine, March 10 2015 Tamara Santibanez, “Erin Riley”, Interviews, Discipline Press January 2016: 1-6 Michael Slenske, “Art Talk: Knots Landing”, The Wall Street Journal Magazine September Textile artist Erin M Riley weaves internet-native images of women in various states of undress, presenting themselves in sexualized display, and in … In the Studio: Erin M Riley - Duration: 7:13. The adult stuff is another level, but the only time I got grounded in life was for calling sex hotlines in middle school, so it’s all there if you put the pieces together. How did the transition come about? Some people jump around; other people use the same medium forever. I think if I did what you do, my family would not know what to think. Therefore, there is a learning curve initially but my work is quite easy to deal with. Thanks so much! and making work from the perspective of an outsider artist and being successful because they do not have 40-50 years of ancestors of a medium weighing them down. I started out working in a more abstract painterly fashion with the yarn because I was just in the beginning stages of learning shading, making shapes, and how to plan for large scale tapestries. How did you first learn to start weaving? Do you feel your message is communicated more effectively as tapestry compared to paintings? Critically, I would say that your work with adult images comes from a place that further upholds the ‘male gaze’. About. Weaving is just another way to arrange color on a 2-dimensional surface. Erin M Riley is a Philadelphia-based artist whose chosen medium is weaving, something that has not been covered much here on AM. My mom has been fine with my work, maybe. I travel around the country to residency programs when I get the opportunity and exhibit all over. Yea, I have done a few. I am really fascinated by how much work goes into each one. Joining forces in a mutual exhibition, Erin M. Riley and Lucien Shapiro battle their inner demons side by side. Change Through Spirit & Culture. This progressed, and eventually I was using found and photographs I was taking for the work. So as a woman who has been attracted and sexually aroused by women since I can remember, this is a balancing act. Erin M Riley: Ok, I am Erin M Riley, I grew up in Massachusetts, went to art school at Massachusetts College of Art & Design and moved to Philadelphia once I was accepted at Tyler School of Art for grad school, and for now Philadelphia is where I make my art. EMR: Yes actually, you can look for my work at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, August 30th, in September at Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona and Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, WA. American-born artist Erin M. Riley’s handwoven tapestries are as much works of self-poetry as they are a critique of how we, the public, engage with subjects such as domestic violence, sexual objectification, and stalking. So much about being a woman is hidden. Sister Corita Kent's Rules For Creatives - Why they matter today, Damien Hirst's Spot Paintings - Trivial or inspiring? I don’t look at a crashed car and think it is exciting, nor, as a woman, do I look at a nude photograph on the internet as purely sexual. After seeing something she should not have, having her apartment ransacked, and her bank account hacked, she … The themes of your work seem to relegate women’s bodies to object status. Weaving is a beautiful medium and can be used in so many different ways, it is a craft. The vast majority of adult movies are made for a male viewer, even “lesbian adult movies” on the mainstream websites perpetuate actions, views, and activities that are purely for a person with a dick. 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