Erin Koch Smith

Artist Statement

I am a painter, but drawing is the foundation of my work. It is how I begin to think. I use doodling as a way to make images because it is a private language, inherently incomplete and wanting.Although narrative is important, I am not interested in resolving a story.Instead, I employ the logic of daydreams and let the materiality of the work play a part in what happens next. My work often starts as a response to the flotsam and jetsam ofdaily life, intentionally leaving room for failure, destruction, and change. These changes become the work. A lamp becomes a bear-coat; a chair and its table change into a single bouncing foot; a dining room falls into a pit and becomes a mountain. I am interested in the ways that stories fail, and how painting and drawing can fill that gap.


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