Erin Payne

Region: Pacific Coast

I imagine each discarded blanket, linen, and household textile as a surrogate for the human that once held and used it. I am interested in the intimate, anthropomorphic presence the pile of fabric creates as a singular entity. Placing it in the landscape is a way for me to engage in a conversation about humans and the environment we occupy and share with other living things. It’s an odd pairing that is as clunky and awkward in the studio as it is in reality. I have come to realize that I can accept the concept of wilderness in theory, but never fully understand it as a human being. My reverence for nature is disconnected from the survival and violence necessary in the wild. These fundamental inconsistencies fascinate me and continue to fuel my curiosity.