Karen in the Digital Age

Erin Anderson

    • Oil on Copper
    • 9 x 12 in. 
    • © 2016
    • in Leopard Wood Frame
    • (framed)
  • 'Karen in the Digital Age' was inspired by reflections on how women portray themselves in the selfie age of social media. Images on platforms like Facebook and Instagram are groomed and tweaked to look as perfected as possible, often creating a false standard to which other women feel they need to rise. I was interested in making the environment look packed and chaotic, as though there are many elements competing in the background of Karen's mind. In the bottom right-hand corner you can see faint stylized etchings of typical social media "selfie" poses. It's my way of understanding how images stay with us in the recesses of our brains.

    Born in 1987 in the small town of Waterville, Ohio, Erin was immersed in art from a young age. Enrolling in her first art lessons at seven years old, she spent her early years learning to paint and draw copying works of the old masters and spending summers drawing from life at the Toledo Museum of Art. In 2009 she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Entrepreneurship from Miami University. Upon graduation she decided to enroll in an independent program called The Waichulis Studio and later moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she lives and works today. Her work has been featured in national publications as well as exhibitions throughout the U.S. She is represented by Dacia Gallery in New York.

    Iam inspired by complex dynamics and relationships within individuals and groups. Working on copper sheet, my compositions remain anchored in representational figure painting juxtaposed by abstraction. The metal substrate and paint work in concert to communicate layers or levels of reality: one that is easily perceived and directly in front of us and one that can be felt and is dynamic or changing. To explore the connective nature of our experience, I make visual comparisons between the figure and systems in nature. I find that studying the ways in which nature is connected informs the ways I create atmosphere within and around my subjects. The ensuing work is an exploration of our relationships to one another and our fundamental connection with the environment.

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