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September/October 2008 Centerfold

Johnson, Vermont by Erica Harney | Artscope Magazine
art: Johnson, Vermont
artist: Erica Harney
medium: oil on canvas

I manipulated and exploit the ideas of contrast, contradiction and dualism on the visual and conceptual levels to create kaleidoscopic paintings that are bursting with dramatic energy and ecstacy. In the spirit of kaleidoscopes and mosaics I use paradoxical combinations of patterns, colors, shapes, images and concepts that I am constantly collecting, editing/layering/fracturing/rearranging/elaborating upon. I then take these gragments of information, and, through the use of a variety of materials and handling, transform them into something entirely unique. In a sense, painting is the way in which I am able to “have it all.”

In doing so, I strive to create paintings that are simultaneously monumental and ethereal, as opposed to embracing the “everyday,” and “prosaic.” My focus is emotional, rather than intellectual. If I were painting music, I would paint operas.

  • Jurors:
  • Mark Moscone, Director of Exhibitions at the Rhode Island School of Design
  • Kristin Street, Director of the Krause Gallery at Moses Brown School
  • Meredith Cutler, artscope writer