Jen Mauldin Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Full Circle, by Erin McAllister. A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, April 7th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The exhibition continues through May 5th, 2018.
Erin’s life has come Full Circle, thus the title of her show. By exploring the roots of what brings value and happiness in her own life, she asks that her viewers explore their own relationships with the people and objects that surround them through her work.
Textiles and fibers are among the oldest and most valued materials in the world. They are what we are immediately wrapped in upon birth, and what we’re buried in upon death. In her work, Erin McAllister explores the relationship of threads manipulated, multiplied and arranged to form fabric and how she relates this to the connectivity threading through life. Her work is often influenced by the unpredictability of relationships between people. She uses colors and overlapping patterns to mimic interpersonal experiences and memories. Erin arranges various fabrics, leathers and other textiles as a study of the connections between color, space and negative space. Her fabrics are held together using either a colored thread of a “temperamental,” easily breakable quality, or a black upholstery thread so strong it’s used to bind leather.
Erin’s work began in 2006 and continues to evolve as an intuitive process. No two of her pieces are alike, nor are they able to be replicated. Her earlier work was largely influenced by human sexuality and gender-representational colors, and it featured a lot of circles generously spaced out with the circles never overlapping. Instead, lines connected the circles and often linked together multiple works specifically arranged on a wall. Over time, she began paying more attention to the the relationships of color, space and line and the creation of unique colors by overlapping materials. She continues to use this method and has began slowly incorporating lines of fabric and interesting shapes. Additionally, her recent grid paper drawings began with a meditative sketch on the back of a receipt, as the same repetitive process used in stitching coexists in this new medium. Her meditative process of interconnecting lines is Erin’s attempt to form impeccably consistent and arranged squares without the use of a ruler or guide. The result is a fluid, deconstructed grid built by meticulous hand-eye coordination. As with the common “thread” running through her art, Erin sees life as a journey in search of connectivity and purpose in an ever-changing environment.
McAllister was born in Anaheim, California. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber and Textile Art and Design from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2006. McAllister has been included in regional and national exhibitions such as; San Francisco MOMA, Sacremento,CA (2009), Opie Gallery, Kansas City (2008) and published in Juxtapoz Magazine, Fiber as Genome (2009). McAllister has received the pARTnership Awards Featured Artist with Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City (2008 - 2009) and has been Artist in Residence at Illiterate Studio Residency, Denver, CO (2007).