Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Gettysburg College Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents:
Virtual Artist Lecture with Erin Sammi Holly, Painter, Royal College of Art London
Erin Holly on Thursday March 11th 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Erin is a socially engaged individual who as an artist paints indoors on canvas and activates public spaces with her murals. She has also implemented and curated a DIY art venue and a street art project in Cardiff Wales between 2013 and 2015. She seeks collaborations in and around the LGBTQ+ community and is an activist for trans rights.
As a trans woman she believes her body is not a fixed dwelling, but rather a work in progress, occupying the space of transition and becoming. At the same time, she is always responding to the existing structures of the gender binary and the architecture that has been designed to enforce it. Her paintings are under construction and purposely completed to look as if they are unfinished. They are paintings of constructions of paintings. She uses photographic source material taken from aspirational interior advertisements between the 1960's and today and these images represent advertising as a fixed inescapable part of capitalism. Play and failure are used as process tactics to build her paintings which creates a way for her to manipulate and attempt to undo her source material. In doing so, she is able to transform the images from their original use as advertisements into images of possibility and transformation.
Erin writes, ''I see painting as a metaphor for my unfixed trans identity. The material of paint is itself unfixed too; fluid and open. These qualities enable the process of painting to be therapeutic, they give me license to move towards a kind of working on the self. Painting is an archive, a record of an experience or performance of the painter much like the body or identity itself."
Thursday, March 11 at 11:30am to 12:30pm