ERIN COLLEEN WILLIAMS
February 2 – 25, 2017
Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co. will celebrate First Thursday February 2nd from 5 – 8 pm with an opening reception for Ritual , an exhibit of new drawings by artist Erin Colleen Williams. The artist will speak briefly about her work at 6:15 PM. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.
Working both two-dimensionally and three-dimensionally, Williams’ uses interdisciplinary media and methods to examine the relationship between the conscious self and hypothetical past, present, and future. She cites scientific principles, contemporary culture, interspecies communication, and material intelligence as the primary influences that inform her creation of alternate realities using physical objects. Her work also examines western museological and archaeological practices in order to perpetuate instances of awe and wonder in the physical world.
Ritual, William’s latest body of work, is a series of drawings which contemplate the interdependency of human, animal, and object. Inspired by narrative illustrations, mythology, memento mori, and historical occult imagery, the work visually describes intangible emotions such as loneliness, revulsion, sacrifice, compassion, and the universality of death. The word “ritual” also refers to the act of daily drawing, a sometimes mindless repetition of pattern and line, which is a meditation in itself.
Erin Colleen Williams received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Material Studies, focusing in metalsmithing and sculpture, and her BFA from Syracuse University in Metalsmithing. Williams worked as a senior lecturer in Metalsmithing / Jewelry at the University of the Arts and Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA; and as an Adjunct Professor in Jewelry / Metalsmithing at VCU. She also coordinated the Graduate Programs of Museum Studies, Fine Art and Book Arts / Printmaking at the University of the Arts. Prior to relocating to Indiana in 2016, she worked as the Graduate Coordinator of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Alliance; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington DE; Art Space, Raleigh NC; Travers Gallery, Seattle, WA; and more.
Ritual may also be viewed through Saturday, February 25, 2017 during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm. Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company is located at 224 East Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre. For more information, call 765-284-8422.