erin smego


I am a post-minimalist sculptor. I work with lumber and iridescent skins, and sometimes LED lights. I re-purpose industrial materials along with fashion elements to transform them into a critique on the ever-changing role of gender, simultaneously existing as an art object. Elements of playfulness sometimes appear, and color (or lack of) is used to reflect emotion.

The idea of form and simultaneously formless drives my intrigue as well as hints of honoring impermanence, imperfection, and vulnerability. Attempts at invention are ongoing; experimentation plays an active role in my studio practice. Paintings are thought of as less dimensional sculptures that are flattened, while installations are ideas expanded.

Subjects I engage with include: survival, awkwardness, peculiarity, falling (apart), isolation, emptiness, hyper-optimism, and vulnerability.

Industrial materials are utilized to connect to the viewer as a nod to accessibility.