Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Categories: Exhibition

These are not drawings — they are woven canvases! Brooklyn-based artist Erin M. Riley creates images of girls without a face, naked or in their underwear, smoking weed or taking selfies at the mirror.

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Erin M. Riley (born 1985) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work focuses on women's and women's issues, primarily hand-painted wool tapestries.

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

The artist makes her canvases from nature or uses images of girls on Instagram. It turns out frivolous, pastel-colored art!

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

The image of a naked or half-naked girl taking pictures of herself on her phone has become a new cliche of modern pop culture, a kind of antithesis of what is commonly called good taste. However, it is precisely such images that Brooklyn artist Erin M. Riley uses when creating her tapestries, combining ancient art and the chaotic flow of juvenile self-expression that descends on us from social networks.

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Erin builds the plots of her works around images that you can stumble upon in Snapchat, or photos that are deleted from your phone's memory the morning after a casual connection.

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

The artist explains that the moment captured on the tapestry, which otherwise would have been ignored or shamefully erased from memory, acquires permanence.

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

Woven debauchery by Erin M. Riley

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