Aileen O. Erickson PDF Print E-mail

Studio #416
42 Years in ASB
Associated Artist Member

Green Flash

Studio at Night

Green Flash, 2016, 6" X 6" x 7/8", Beach stones on panel

Studio at Night, 2008-2016, 21 3/4" X 29 7/8", Watercolor/beach objects/glue on paper

Mediums: Large acrylic paintings on canvas; oil landscapes on canvas; objects on panels and paper; charcoal, watercolor, gouache on paper

A viewer recently remarked that my work was about abstract symmetry or symmetric abstraction. I do look for balance among relationships: between beach objects themselves; or between their three dimensional selves and the flatness of prepared panels to which they are glued or the undulating flatness of the chosen paper; or between the lines of a painting on paper versus the lines or positioning of the glued-on objects.

The flatness of the panel is sometimes changed from its original smooth white surface to part painting or part very fine relief sculpture after being ravaged by past objects glued to its surface and then removed due to a change of mind. These small panel works are often models for large acrylic paintings. In contrast, when the paintings on paper with glued-on objects are finished, they serve no other purpose.

I have mostly resided in New England, settling in Boston in my mid-twenties and then moving to Cambridge in my early thirties. In 1973 Boston Center for the Arts became my working home.

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