Erin M. Riley
Erin M. Riley’s (b. 1985) crafts are meticulously detailed. These large-scale tapestries depict intimate, erotic, and psychologically raw images that reflect nostalgia, fantasy, human relationships, and trauma.
The artist collages photographs and images sourced from personal ephemera, the internet, and newspaper clippings to weave together a vast range of lived experiences. This Brooklyn-based textile artist is particularly interested in capturing and displaying the intimacies of these women’s lives to consider how trauma plays a role in how a person identifies themself.
Using a more traditional canvas, the artist successfully draws meaning onto her contemporary mediums. Riley received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, and other locations across the world.