American painter Erin Hammond engages the art historical genres of the nude and the society portrait through the syntaxes of the fashion sketch and abstraction. Beginning with writing, then alternating layers of pencil and acrylic, she combines an active interest in the female body with experiments in color and calligraphic scribble. Hammond works directly on wood grounds, allowing the knots and textures to puncture her surfaces. “I tend to focus on the roughness of line and the immediate processes of painting,” she says. “As we are unfinished beings, in the process of completion, my paintings reflect that concept as I overlap with paint and pencil lines, overworking some areas and leaving other areas unfinished.” As both an actor and a model, Hammond uses the unfinished elements of her aesthetic to explore the contemporary fascination with (im)perfection latent in those professions.
I am influenced by the existence and process of life. That alone gives me wisdom to construct art. The core of my artwork is a reflection of what is and has been done. I am influenced by Art History and the way it repeats itself. I see that I too repeat many concepts and attributes of individual artists. I seem to be fond of fashion as well which emulates itself through out my work. My desire is to translate visually what i see physically and spiritually. Through a collaboration of styles and approaches I will always be changing through process after process.
Respectively I tend to focus on the roughness of line and the immediate processes of painting. As we are unfinished beings, in the process of completion, my paintings reflect that concept as I overlap with paint and pencil lines, overworking some areas and leaving other areas unfinished. This whole idea is to show the viewer the reality of the physical process of this medium that takes place. I would like the viewer to develop the line further bringing the piece to it’s own completion. Artist Edgar Degas and Kathee Kollowitz intrigue me to explore composition and line. Other artists such as Rodin and Stephen Destaebler influence my sculptural approaches as well. It is a broad collaboration of artists but each one has a distinct characteristic that I appreciate.
Emotionalism and Romanticism seem to be the generic styles I would fit into with a contemporary streak. I tend to be expressive but also conservatives at times. Using color and its placement is something I will never stop learning and experimenting with. Artist Gustav Klimpt and Larry Rivers influence me with color variations and the differences between a controlled coloring book and a choppy, unresolved drawing. I enjoy playing with modern marks with classical themes. Most of my subject matter currently is woman. I love to express the surreal and yet unflattering parts of life. My canvas per say, that I work on currently is rough sheets of wood, in which I incorporate the knots and lines into the pieces at hand....
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