Does the client give you a topic or specific image? Read Article Juxtapoz Magazine: Via Wool & Cotton: An Interview with Erin M Riley - will open in a new window "Check Out the Most Exciting Art From Frieze 2016" Link to Article "Check Out the Most Exciting Art From Frieze 2016" - will open in a new window. Erin M. Riley – Self Portrait 2, 2015, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 182.9 x 121.9 cm. I had been collecting "party girl" pictures for a while but then started getting really disillusioned and was looking for more personal imagery. Do you feel your message is communicated more effectively as tapestry compared to paintings? Projects in 102 countries. Chauntrice Riley-Stanford joined Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising in April 2016. Yea, I have done a few. There is either digitally woven work or work that is hired out. This is the conversation that followed. Today, I have Erin on the Blog with whom I had the chance to chat about writing, her TRUE Believers Boys, Sequels and more ! Do Ho Suh recreated entire apartment in museum, Yeesookyung’s ceramic vases: Imperfection & surprising results, The 10 best works of Shanghai’s West Bund Art Fair 2019. It’s rare for fibre arts to make you feel slightly {or very} uncomfortable, but that’s exactly what these beautifully woven tapestries do. Philadelphia-based artist Erin M. Riley (NSFW in a weird explicit textile sort of way) scours the internet for embarrassing and downright sketchy photos of people and weaves them into elaborate wall-covering tapestries. Arrested Motion: For our readers who are unfamiliar with your work, can you please tell us a little about your background and your art? We're community-driven. HER DANGEROUS MISTAKE ERIN M. LEAF ISBN#: 9781772332493 April 2017 Evernight Publishing www.evernightpublishing.com $4.99 139 Pages Paranormal, Suspense, Erotic, May/December, Shifters/Vampires, Rubenesque Rating: 5 Cups Moira is running for her life. The other women I wove always had felt like reflections of myself, but after I had gone down the road of weaving myself nude, weaving my tattoos and my breasts many different times, these girls were me. Erin M. Riley – Serenity, 2012, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 106.7 x 86.4 cm, Erin M. Riley – Self Portrait 3, 2015, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 182.9 x 121.9 cm, Erin M. Riley – Curves 3, 2015, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 121.9 x 106.7 cm. We have medicines, tampons, salves, antibiotics, all of which negate society’s need for our vaginas to be pristine vessels. My work takes from a week to a month to weave, I work 12-14 hour days, every day and I also mix and dye my colors, plus all other prep. Anything interesting that was learned from the process in contrast? Blam! I'm a husband, father, brother, stranger, friend, actor and director. I particularly like your latest tapestry with the bloody tampons. Goat and Arrow Recommended for you. In the Studio: Erin M Riley - Duration: 7:13. I don’t look at a crashed car and think it is exciting, nor, as a woman, do I look at a nude photograph on the internet as purely sexual. I think she is just glad I didn’t kill myself in high school and don’t bug her for money now. I only really work from images that are along the same lines as the content in the work I am making and relate to my bodies of work. Weaving is just another way to arrange color on a 2-dimensional surface. Erin M. Riley – Loot 5, 2012, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 106.7 x 66 cm, Erin M. Riley – Pure Hell, 2011, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 104.1 x 66 cm, Erin M. Riley – Loot 8, 2013, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 58.4 x 48.3 cm, Erin M. Riley – Loot 9, 2015, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 61 x 45.7 cm. Your email address will not be published. She took some time out of her busy schedule to conduct this exclusive interview with us. Interviews / Preview: Antony Micallef – “Becoming Animal” @ Lazarides London, Interviews – Justseeds (including Swoon & Chris Stain). From there how did you progress into having a specific style? Change Through Spirit & Culture. The same goes for Erin M. Riley. My friend Mickey told me that his friend, artist Erin M. Riley gave it to him and I should meet her and check out her work. EMR: Yes actually, you can look for my work at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, August 30th, in September at Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona and Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, WA. How do you feel about people relegating weaving to craftwork? I so glad that people enjoy many of the nude or scantily clad young ladies, but I am even more psyched when a college age girl comes to me and completely gets my perspective because we have both expressed our sexuality through images in text messages. Erin M. Riley – Alone Alone, 2014, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 121.9 x 94 cm, Erin M. Riley – Portrait of a Father 3, 2015, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 61 x 45.7 cm, Erin M. Riley – Three Strikes, 2010, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 91.4 x 63.5 cm, Erin M. Riley – Ultra Thin, 2013, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 106.7 x 81.3 cm, Erin M. Riley – Crimson Landslide, 2013, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 106.7 x 132.1 cm, Erin M. Riley – $20, 2013, Hand woven tapestry, hand dyed wool on a cotton warp, 106.7 x 134.6 cm. Erin M. Riley is an artist who’s truly committed to portraying women’s sexuality and issues. At times deeply personal and honest, her work explores post party mishaps, social and sexual interactions of dating, death, pop culture and more. Jessica Ross. The themes of your work seem to relegate women’s bodies to object status. As soon as she learned sewing, Erin Riley became instantly hooked on everything to do with textiles. How did the transition come about? What would you say to someone who says your work relies on shock tactic rather than artistic value? I am also showing work in Houston with the West Collection in October and The Bishop Gallery in Brooklyn in November. I am interested in the difference between photographs taken in which men think the woman is sexy vs. the woman in the photograph feels sexy. Just because something connotes “something a lady does” does not make it negative, that is just the misogyny of the art world in play. A lot of the topics your work focuses on are quite controversial. I started out working in a more abstract painterly fashion with the yarn because I was just in the beginning stages of learning shading, making shapes, and how to plan for large scale tapestries. AM: How do you feel the market is for the type of work you do? Most visited arts non-profit online. Sexuality is something in which our roles are often turned on their heads. And it's just one of the risqué pieces that Philadelphia-based fiber artist Erin M. Riley has churned out in the past few years. Born in 1985 in Brooklyn, where she still resides, Erin specializes in tapestry, the art of weaving. Do you, as a woman, feel you have a responsibility to subvert depictions of the female body? My mom has been fine with my work, maybe. 72.9k Followers, 1,631 Following, 2,137 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from erin m. riley (@erinmriley) (NSFW), Interview: Andrew Beccone - How a library turned into an artwork. Article by Romily Alice in London // Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. What drew us to her tapestries in particular is her use of unconventional imagery, which bridges the gap between traditional techniques and contemporary issues that affect youth today. Do you consider yourself an artist and do you think a title such as ‘artist’ is beneficial or restrictive? If this was true, did you have an eureka moment where you turned to more provocative subjects? After seeing something she should not have, having her apartment ransacked, and her bank account hacked, she … Is this intentional or a comment or something else? Joining forces in a mutual exhibition, Erin M. Riley and Lucien Shapiro battle their inner demons side by side. Marshall McLuhan famously said, “the medium is the message.” How does the medium you choose to work with inform the subtext of the image? Why did Michael Lin install a complete house on a roof in Shanghai? People often refer to my work as sexy, exciting, salacious. It truly sucks growing up surrounded by denial and naïveté, especially when it comes to drug addiction, criminal behavior and the like. Elephant isn't just a big web site. I travel around the country to residency programs when I get the opportunity and exhibit all over. This March, examining themes of ritual and addiction, Erin M. Riley and Lucien Shapiro set forth a dialog constructed through personal narrative and contemporary craft at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco. I have no idea. People hate dealing with hard subjects. I have only stopped two pieces, one because I had to move my loom and another because it was too small to get the detail I wanted. I actually wove a lot of text, large areas of empty where the hand of the weaver is shown, with large block text but was soon challenged to create tapestries and was sourcing imagery from my childhood. Weaving is a beautiful medium and can be used in so many different ways, it is a craft. April 9, 2013. But maybe in the future. I am open about the changes in my work because often it reflects a change that is going on in my personal or sexual life. He had just learned one of Riley’s dogs died. Erin M. Riley is a fiber artist who makes powerful large-scale tapestries using a centuries-old hand-weaving process with hand-dyed wool on a floor loom and depicting the complex spectrum of female sexuality–from excitement and fear to pleasure and pain. I know you told me before but how long does each piece take you, roughly, and do you ever get halfway done with a piece and scrap it? I learned “tapestry” early on and was weaving abstract pieces while also making lots of paper collage work out of found and family photographs that used the silhouette a lot. I think if I did what you do, my family would not know what to think. Interview: Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family Jesse: I've been married for 8 years (my wife and I have been together for 9), with 3 children. Erin M Riley is a Philadelphia-based artist whose chosen medium is weaving, something that has not been covered much here on AM. But I want to be sexy, I want to be desired and sexually fulfilled, I think my only responsibility is to be conscious of the injustices against women and understand the differences between sexism, exploitation, and sexuality. Historically tapestry is woven side to side, but I weave bottom to top. I could learn construction alongside fine art sensibilities. Think of me as a painter who uses yarn. I then spent the summer weaving even more revealing images, going through a cathartic few months of living in my studio, weaving myself. Actually, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Saffiya Ansari, "Political, Powerful, Pink: NYC Gallery Spotlights Feminism at Frieze" Her work has been featured in magazines and shown at numerous galleries both in her home country of the US as well as internationally. Most recently, he had a recurring role in the second season of Arrow. " Some people jump around; other people use the same medium forever. Normally, he said, losing a family dog would be sad, but an inevitable fact of life. So as a woman who has been attracted and sexually aroused by women since I can remember, this is a balancing act. What bugs me about society is that we throw parties for babies, we kiss them and pass them around, but because my partner’s sperm in condoms and I weave them, its somehow different, and grosser. The vast majority of adult movies are made for a male viewer, even “lesbian adult movies” on the mainstream websites perpetuate actions, views, and activities that are purely for a person with a dick. Shocking, honest, Erin’s pieces delve into gender roles and stereotypes much deeper than some are willing to do. But I come from a vulnerable place, I am bearing my soul to people and am open for dialogue. I am open about the drug paraphernalia not because it reflects my own use, but because its something my family members have struggled with. Interview with ERIN M. RILEY: Your childhood ambition: I wanted to be a fashion designer as soon as I learned how to use a sewing machine at age 8. All images courtesy of the artist Erin M. Riley/erinmriley.com unless otherwise noted. Sure, on a base level, all of my work lends itself to those things, but that is not the intention. I find the word “craftwork” only to be demeaning because of its connection to women, but I reject that. AM: We assume that when you first took up weaving, you started out with creating the more traditional imagery that was associated with the craft. The progress women made in the 1970s and 1980s in accessing positions of power and authority slowed considerably in the 1990s and has stalled in this century (Stainback and Tomaskovic-Devey, 2012).In 2013, 14.6 percent of executive officers in Fortune 500 companies were women, down from their 15.7 percent share in 2002 (Catalyst, 2006, 2014).In professional service firms, as well, … Virtual Reality // Digital Intimacies, Physical Objects: An Interview with Erin M Riley. I still had a few days left in the city, so I caught up with this extremely talented and humble artist at her studio in Brooklyn where she basically spends an insane amount of hours buried under tons of wool and cotton. Brilliant Champions is located at 5 Central Ave. in Brooklyn, where you should be before the show closes on July 26. From painters to photographers to poets, the voice of our moment is often told most aptly and timelessly through what they create. Some collectors chose to frame the pieces and this allows the work to feel a bit more like paintings, less fragile. Erin M Riley: Ok, I am Erin M Riley, I grew up in Massachusetts, went to art school at Massachusetts College of Art & Design and moved to Philadelphia once I was accepted at Tyler School of Art for grad school, and for now Philadelphia is where I make my art. Why was Anni Albers a leading textile artist? I am continuing a series of large works (243 x 243cm) that I started this year and hope to show some of them in 2016. What are your thoughts on our current culture that stigmatizes menstruation and other natural female functions? Established in 2011 in Seoul, South Korea. I’m a he fan of your New Adult series and both, TRUE and SWEET are one of my favorite New Adult Books. There are topics that are really difficult that I want to work with but don’t think I could emotionally handle working with for days at a time. She creates tapestries depicting occasionally controversial subject matter involving adult movies, guns and drugs. and making work from the perspective of an outsider artist and being successful because they do not have 40-50 years of ancestors of a medium weighing them down. Your family? Yea. From painters to photographers to poets, the voice of our moment is often told most aptly and timelessly through what they create. There is a certain warming up a buyer has to do to commit. AM: Would you be painting the same things if you had taken that up? Most visited arts non-profit online. I reached out to her at the end of 2015. I am an image-maker. I am taking the time to recreate these images as physical tapestries, because these are the events and objects that are significant to me. Sister Corita Kent's Rules For Creatives - Why they matter today, Damien Hirst's Spot Paintings - Trivial or inspiring? The adult stuff is another level, but the only time I got grounded in life was for calling sex hotlines in middle school, so it’s all there if you put the pieces together. You decide, What do you think about Dash Snow’s controversial polaroids? AM: Having both used yourself as well as photos you have found online or elsewhere as reference, how did the two compare? Are there any topics that are ‘off-limits’ to you? Let’s start from the beginning. I also had fascinations with being in jail and being a stripper, both seemed easy ways to live for free or make money. Anything exciting coming up in the near future? Yeah, so this is that time. Erin Riley’s work is vibrant, violent, beautiful, sad but above all honest. Please join us on Pinterest, YouTube or Instagram. I guess I am an artist. Nowadays, we are much more comfortable self-publishing photographs of ourselves or sending photographs to partners; we are aware of how to take the most flattering photograph and are generally implicit in the sharing. This changed in grad school, and in the first year making art on my own I started to completely use found and contemporary images. Where is the role of craftwork in fine art? Erin M. Riley interview - Nothing is off limits (NSFW) Is there a better reflection of a culture than the creatives living in it? EMR: In the first year or two of weaving you’re just figuring out the technical logistics, learning how looms work, different materials, strengths, and making a lot of mistakes. Critically, I would say that your work with adult images comes from a place that further upholds the ‘male gaze’. © 2012 Arrested Motion LTD. All Rights Reserved. Erin Riley‘s work is a perpetual fusing of the virtual and the real. I collect and prepare colors for the pieces and get everything ready to start weaving, after that its just a slow and steady process of weaving the image from the bottom up. Do you 
get any negative feedback from people around you? From painters to photographers to poets, the voice of our moment is often told most aptly and timelessly through what they create. These eventually led me to combine the two, making simple drawings that I translated into tapestry using a very limited color palette. The images I am weaving are traditionally images that might be sent through Snapchat nowadays, or the ones that might be deleted after a hookup, I try to take pictures of the condoms after I have sex, the pictures I send to people, pictures of tables at parties, substances & liquids that change the coarse of events. This is not uncommon knowledge. Most of my questions are quite critical, I think. I have been weaving for 10 years this year and making representational tapestries for about 8 of those years. by the blind architect - December 1, 2012. It is the medium I feel the most connected with. A lot of other artists do similar work to yours by designing it digitally. That being said, I am interested in discussing hard subjects, and therefore, if I get people’s attention and allow them to reevaluate something in their lives, that’s great. As a woman, I feel like I have a responsibility to educate myself on misogyny, feminism, and the sex industries that I engage with. EMR: I have had an interesting go at selling artwork, I support myself through sales, but for many of my collectors my tapestries are the first piece of textile art they have collected. Having just recently come across Erin’s work, I was full of questions- hard, silly, and serious. We have interviewed Erin M Riley twice on Empty Kingdom, making this a hat trick, so it is no surprise that she will be gracing the Empty Kingdom Art Show with a few of her pieces. 7:13. An Interview with Erin M. Riley. Is there a better reflection of a culture than the creatives living in it? Tapestry allows images to be given more time, for hookups to gel, for mistakes to be thought over, its a way to over analyze every detail. My work and the girls I present are all embedded with my narrative and therefore most of my work can be seen as a modicum of me. EMR: I had been using mostly sourced images for a few years but had a residency with 3 months of solid work time allotted so I started collecting pictures of myself. We're dedicated to sharing "the mindful life" beyond the core or choir, to all those who don't yet know they give a care. Her textiles are undeniably interesting commentary on today's heavily instagramed sex, drugs, and mostly-dubstep youth culture. “An Interview with Erin M. Riley”, Juxtapoz Magazine, March 10 2015 Tamara Santibanez, “Erin Riley”, Interviews, Discipline Press January 2016: 1-6 Michael Slenske, “Art Talk: Knots Landing”, The Wall Street Journal Magazine September I work from images, so I collect or take photos for an upcoming piece, blow it up to scale, and start a line drawing that will be pinned behind the warp on the loom. I was interested in sewing and painting, and the fibers major was something that sat perfectly between those two. What does your mother think about your work? Therefore, there is a learning curve initially but my work is quite easy to deal with. EMR: Throughout high school and my childhood I expressed myself through paint, and quite possibly if I had not found weaving I might still be working in a painting/collage/mixed media way, maybe mixing in some technology or digital mediums. About. I mainly watch girl on girl adult movies because the likelihood of them doing something that is actually pleasurable to a woman is higher, although there is so much that is just meant to excite men. I have had conversations about cum and blow jobs with women who might never broach those subjects with their own kids, and I have talked about sexting and the images teens take with a father and his two obviously sexually active kids. Erin is a recent graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington. We had the chance to interview her ahead of a showing at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia on August 30th, with some of the pieces she submitted interspaced in the Q&A’s below…. How did you first learn to start weaving? I am quite keen to do an interview with her, so I got in touch with them, and their founder gave me a call this afternoon I do feel like the market is evolving for textiles, my work is being collected all over the country and abroad, people are coming to me with questions about care, maintenance, etc. The clients always provide the image. Something you treasure: I treasure myself, and my work. - 0 Comments. Its all opinion, elders in the craft world who are scared of becoming irrelevant are hung up on staying in this royalty position in which “time spent” gives you “street cred.” Young people today are coming across textiles, ceramics, jewelry, etc. Weaving was a process I had no knowledge of and I connected instantly with it. We would love to keep the conversation going. This is also true for many of the galleries I show at, tapestries aren’t hung like paintings, hand woven pieces don’t tend to be level which can be visually annoying. Being a woman in today’s society means calculating risk at every turn, every comment, every picture, every “like” implicates us into a greater scheme of judgment. I found weaving in college. At art college she soon discovered the loom room and weaving seemed to be the perfect technique to make fine art using a textile technique. Projects in 102 countries. This progressed, and eventually I was using found and photographs I was taking for the work. Probably, but I haven’t run into them yet. So much about being a woman is hidden. This is Roy Lichtenstein's pop art painting, Basquiat's brilliantly-chaotic Charles the First painting. Why do you choose using images of guns and adult movies rather than flowers or other imagery traditionally seen in tapestry? I went to art school imagining I would be a painter, but weaving was something that I fell upon, and haven’t stopped doing since. Can you explain 
the process of creating one of your works? The same goes for Erin M. Riley. Masters of their own respective techniques, their aligned work complements each other well, connecting easily with the viewers. I am super excited for the opportunity to chat with you a little bit! But, I spent most of graduate school trying to figure out how to make mixed media tapestries, dipping, burning, soaking, using many gallons of stuff you buy at Home Depot but inevitably evolved into weaving hand dyed wool tapestries on a floor loom. I am interested in the desire to be objectified/respected/desired/equal. A lot of the imagery has stayed the same, self portraiture, objects of sexuality but in trying to combine two series I have incorporated images into my still lives. And now for the interview. It was an ongoing and boring conversation about Art VS Craft. Required fields are marked *. Your email address will not be published. Erin M. Riley: This newest work is the most nude I have ever done. During this interview, Westmoreland paused to take a breath. I am also constantly sharing my process on Instagram as erinmriley. EK Interview: Erin M Riley. AM: Any projects or upcoming shows that you can share with our readers? “We exist online with the personas we inhabit,” Riley says, “This show is about the things we hide.” You can follow Brilliant Champions and Erin Riley on Instagram: @brilliantchampions, @erinmriley. She has taken a look at both her own and the collective consciousness of the individuals of today and laid what she sees for all to witness. Thanks so much! On the one hand, it is not as commonly collected by people we know, but then again, what you do is pretty unique. Erin M Riley: This work is a combination of reflections on past relationships, experiences I have had as well as those of women who reflect the women around me and their experiences. These are the realities of life, of my life, I’m not a very optimistic person so flowers aren’t exactly my style. She has taken a look at both her own and the collective consciousness of the individuals of today and laid what she sees for all to witness. Erin M. Riley and Lucien Shapiro Exhibition at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco. I travel around the country to residency programs when I get the opportunity and exhibit all over. She makes tapestries addressing the myriad of issues youth, and particularly women, face and the pain that we go through and sometimes inflict upon ourselves. I make the things that I want to make and for no other reason. American-born artist Erin M. Riley’s handwoven tapestries are as much works of self-poetry as they are a critique of how we, the public, engage with subjects such as domestic violence, sexual objectification, and stalking. I wrote about her for the first time in 2011, and five years later I finally get to talk to Brooklyn based artist Erin M. Riley… I had A LOT of questions for this very thoughtful, smart, and ridiculously talented woman. 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