” I am working through topics that many people can see as shameful or impactful, but the objects and depictions are all authentically part of my personal life.”
Erin M. Riley – Tapestry artist
What are you working on at the moment? What topic will you explore in the future?
I am currently working on more self portraits, weaving images that I recently found in an old email account.
I am starting a piece that will be shaped, so not the typical square shape that I normally do.
I hope to explore more assembling and layering in the physical sense as well as in the visual sense. Working on big pieces and small pieces. I let my life and the issues that are effecting the world impact my work so I follow the path the work leads me down.
Can you name 2-3 women who inspired you and why?
Hmm, I think I will just say I am inspired by everyone I follow on instagram, there are so many incredible artists that inspire me everyday. I have been reading a lot of memoirs lately, so also anyone willing to put their personal life out in the open and deal with the repercussions of that.
What piece of advice would you give to other creative women?
I would say trust your gut, make work that scares you, make the bad work, be present in your mind everyday and enjoy the moments of emptiness when they occur because ideas will come back eventually.