The Beginning of a Story that has No End

Erin Shaw's avatar Erin Shaw

My work as an artist rests in this simple assertion: We are collectors of stories and the stories we collect shape the people we are. In narrative style, I create paintings engaged in story: both its function and its telling. I see my role in this process as mediator and disrupter: standing between two opposing things, separating them, placing boundaries in new and unusual places and joining them once again. I work in this manner with the hope that I might see things in a new way. As an artist, I am profoundly interested in stories…our stories, yours and mine. I am drawn to places within stories where duality exists, where one phenomenon, principle or truth intersects with its opposite and the way stories seek to reconcile such things. My work – my own life, to be honest – is incredibly vested in these places of paradox and unanswered questions, the places of chaos as well as silence. These paintings are less a linear, coherent story and more fragments that are seemingly disconnecte

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic
  • Width: 4 foot
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 4 foot