Color is at the heart of my process and is the primary factor in the selection, sorting, deconstruction and re-assembling that takes place in the studio.  Within the last number of years, discarded books have taken the place of the fabrics, wood, metals and imagery that were previously my mediums of choice.  The information these old books contain is literally undergoing a transformation in our world, much of it disappearing into thin air or - if deemed useful - taking its place cyber-space.  To my mind, this is not as depressing as it sounds, but rather a manifestation of a greater movement - an evolution away from heaviness and absolutes in favor of ideas that are more fluid and instantly accessible.

It is the covers or “shells” of these castaway books that I find to be precious. Relics of an era, their texture and color are often imbued with a patina that cannot be mimicked.  It is the associative power of these surfaces that I am after as I distill and utilize them as building blocks and pixels for my compositions.  Guided by intuition my only real goal is to create a new context where these visual elements, free now from the burden of words, can convey new meaning.

 

Erin Walrath was born in Danbury, CT. She earned her undergraduate degree in fine art from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence in 2000 and is a graduate of the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. After graduating, Erin spent several years traveling and setting up temporary studios in Vicenza, Italy, North Yorkshire, England and then Brooklyn, NY. In 2004 Walrath returned to Connecticut where she established what is still her studio in Danbury CT. She lives in Roxbury, Connecticut with her husband, Peter and their two children where they co-own a vegetable gardening company, Aventine Gardens.

 


Education

2000 Rhode Island School of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Providence, RI

1998-1999 European Honors Program, Rome, Italy


Solo Exhibitions

2015 Carriage House, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2015 Minor Memorial Library Gallery, Roxbury, CT

2014 Fairfield Fine Art, Ridgefield, CT

2013 John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2012 Lori Warner Gallery, Chester CT

2008 John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2007 Ulla Surland Gallery 11, Fairfield, CT

2005 Chameleon Gallery, Bantam, CT

2005 Duracell Corporate Headquarters Gallery, Bethel, CT

2004 Carol Peck's Good News Cafe, Woodbury, CT

2002 Duracell Corporate Headquarters Gallery, Bethel, CT

2002 Gallery Thirteen, Danbury, CT

2002 Carol Kurth Gallery, Bedford, NY

2001-2002 Investment Services Capital Corporation, New York, NY

2001 Hopkin's Vineyard, New Preston, CT


Group Exhibitions

2015 Chester Gallery, Chester, CT

2014 Chester Gallery, Chester, CT

2102 Pop Up Art Gallery, Bethel, CT

2012 Chester Gallery, Chester, CT

2012 The Mercurial Gallery, Danbury, CT

2011 John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY – The Carriage House ‘The Little Things’

2011 The Mercurial Collective Gallery, Danbury, CT ‘Out of the Woodwork’

2010 Assumption College, D’Alzon Library , Worcester, MA, ‘Drawn to Life’ Juried Exhibition

2010 Aurora Gallery, Worcester MA, ‘Drawn to Life’ Juried Exhibition

2009 September - John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY –  Installation, The Carriage House

2008 Katonah Museum of Art, New York, Juried Exhibition of Assemblage and Collage

2008 September - The Sculpture Barn Gallery, New Fairfield CT

2007 The Chester Gallery, Chester, CT

2007 The Gracie Square Art Show, New York, NY

2006-2007 Represented by Salander O’Reilly Contemporary Galleries, New York, NY

2007 Installation, Carriage House Gallery, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

2006 John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

2006 Umbrella Arts, East Village, New York, NY

2006 Art at the Bridge Gallery, West Cornwall, CT

2006 Gallery Artists, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2005 Green Trees Gallery, Northfield, MA

2005 Bill Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT

2005 Chameleon Gallery, Bantam, CT

2005 Resist! The Anti Inaugural Ball, Acme Art Works, Chicago, Illinois

2003 SONO Arts Celebration, South Norwalk, CT

2001-2002 PS Gallery, Litchfield, CT

2000-2003 Peter Alper Fine Art, Andover, MA

2000 ISB Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1999 Cenci Gallery, Il Palazzetto Cenci, Rome, Italy


Teaching and Residency

2013-2015 Hudson Country Montessori School, Danbury CT

2004 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT

2002 Connecticut Association of Schools, Workshop Instructor, Hartford, CT

2001-2003 Art Spot, Drawing/Painting Instructor, Brookfield, CT

2000-2003 Connecticut Graphic Arts Center (now CCP), Member and (2000-2001) Volunteer, Norwalk, CT.

1999 Rhode Island School of Design, Illustration Department, Thomas Sogorous, Teaching Assistant, Providence, RI

1997-1999 Rhode Island School of Design Foundation Department, Judith Maloney, Teaching Assistant, Providence, RI


Awards

2004 VSC Partial Fellowship

1996-2000 Rhode Island School of Design Scholarship

1999 Olivetti Travel Grant, France