Erin Kendig: The Forest and the Trees
April 13th — May 7th, 2017
Opening reception Thur, April 13th 5-9pm during the Capitol Hill Art Walk
«Based on imagery inspired by the Pacific Northwest landscape, The Forest and the Trees explores repetition, scale, pattern, and the relationship between parts and wholes, individuals and groups. This focus is partly an aesthetic reflection of the phenomenon of emergence (i.e. large, self-organizing groups) and an exploration of the sublime related to interconnected, complex systems, communities and ecologies. Similar to my past work, this series functions as a cross between landscape painting and illustration, where elements generally treated as static background objects (trees, clouds, etc.) are brought forward as dynamic narrative subjects in a surreal, imaginary world. Comprised of 19 watercolor works on paper that together form one larger piece spanning 12 feet, the installation is both mural like and a series of individual pieces that contain their own narratives.
The Forest and the Trees also explores issues of perception, framing, and the creation of meaning. The same elements (trees, mist, clouds, shadows) are represented at various scales and levels of abstraction within an irrational space, with spontaneous washes of watercolor settling into organic patterns reminiscent of the very large and very small–nebulas and dendrites. And while the entire series exists as a complete whole, forming a loose narrative, each piece or panel also gains a different, unique story when viewed on its own. In terms of form, I think of the individual pieces as both „panels,“ playing off graphic novels, in which distinct compositions build up a larger page, and cropped „frames“ from a larger scene, similar to photography.
Each individual piece will have two lives – its first being one piece of a much larger whole, seen throughout the duration of the show, and its second as a discrete work of art viewed independently from its fellow pieces, as individual works find new homes.»
Work will also be available via ghostgalleryshop.com, please contact for exhibit preview access.