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Artist Statement: ARRANGED STONES
series came from a chance encounter with a few attractive stones that I
picked up along a walk. I immediately decided not to paint the rocks in
their natural environment, but instead wanted to show them against a
spare, interior setting. I wanted the subject of the painting to be
nothing more or less than the rocks themselves: rocks as still life
subjects that I compose and then transform into an interesting
painting. I chose also to use watercolor to depict the rocks, in order
to show and emphasize their bright, often translucent natural beauty.
beginning of the "Arranged Stones" series--a few found rocks and a
stick on clean sketchbook paper.
This first painting led to many others
like it: my work takes rocks from their native environment and places
them within the walls of my studio. I emphasize the displacement of the
rocks as objects in my paintings by portraying them in white, sterile,
interior settings, thereby addressing the juxtaposition of the natural
and the man-made. I carefully select and arrange the rocks in
ways, so as to invoke a sense of humanity, continuing the concept of a
human touch being imposed upon nature or natural elements.
II," an early iteration of "Arranged Stones"
By doing this, I
hope to create a dialogue between the rocks and their previous habitat,
as well as for the viewer to be reminded of the original site from
which the rocks were taken. I desire to show the viewer that which is
generally considered ordinary, but in reality is beautiful, and of
great significance. I seek to show something that is not only
personally significant to me, but is fundamental to the world, and to
every human being. My recent inclusion of living (or previously living)
natural elements, such as leaves and grasses, further emphasizes these
themes and ideas.
is my ultimate
viewer will be presented and confronted with the corresponding
connections and relationships between interior and exterior spaces,
man-made and natural elements, and the viewer (or humanity) with the
natural, outside world. The connections that I have discovered through
the process of making the work will hopefully be communicated to the
viewers through their own personal interactions with it. Furthermore,
these issues may lead the viewer to consider his or her own
relationship with the earth and with natural elements that are so often
"Red Stones," an early painting in the final iteration of "Arranged
About The Artist
love and interest for natural materials seen in Erin Farnsworth's Arranged
Stones series comes
no surprise when it is learned that she was born and raised in
the Mountain West, USA. Growing up in Utah, Erin began her professional
study of art at Brigham Young University, where she earned a Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree in 2001. During this time, the focus of
her work was watercolor portraiture.
It wasn't until she moved East and
school that her strong connections to the rocky and mountainous
landscape of Utah were realized. The tie she felt to the natural
materials that reminded her of her native landscape began to show
itself in her artwork - and so the Arranged
Erin finished her graduate work in May of 2004, earning a Master
of Fine Arts
in painting from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
While living in Washington D.C. area, she was a painting instructor at
Guy Mason Studio Arts. After moving from the Washington D.C. area, Erin
has lived, taught and exhibited in numerous places, including the St.
Louis, Missouri area, as
well as Northern Japan, South Korea, and Western Europe.
Currently living with her
children back in Utah,
Erin is working on a new series of portraits and figure paintings in watercolor
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