Created for HATAK
By Erin Barach
Artist statement on the work:
This series of digital drawings is about the act of taking up space, letting go of premeditation and surrendering to ambiguity. My work consists of temporary installations as well as drawings – material connecting with a surface. Thinking about the role of physical mark-making in contemporary life and responding to found marks on surfaces and in spaces, I create imagery that reflects my need to build order and subsequently break it down. I’ve been processing a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, the onset of which included balance issues, blurred vision and cognitive displacement, among other things. My relationship to my body was completely uprooted, and yet my understanding of boundaries, groundlessness, sensorial perception, and ambiguity have only been strengthened.
Erin Barach received a Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has made work while on residency or living in France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Chicago, Baltimore and New York. Most recently, she attended the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. She has exhibited nationally at venues including the Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore, Maryland Art Place, Cue Art Foundation and District of Columbia Art Center, with artwork in private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Currently she lives and works in Baltimore, MD.