COOS BAY — Impermanence, an exhibition of paintings by Livia Erwin, will be on display at Coos Art Museum in the Richter Atrium April 27 through June 30.
Artist Livia Erwin from Sweet Home, Ore., said, “Shrouded by trees and isolated in a cornfield, an abandoned farmhouse was my first glimpse of pure beauty. I use the term ‘home’ because the furniture, photographs, letters, magazines and infinite relics of a previous life still resided within the peeling walls and crumbling ceilings. Those rooms were more alive than any inhabited space I had ever experienced.
My goal as a painter is to expose the kind of unconventional beauty that is cultivated by generations of neglect, preferably houses with stories to tell. I ultimately want to share those spaces with others on an impactful scale, and in a form more tangible than the abundance of digital representations.”
Erwin received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. Her publications include the 2014 Winter Edition of “Studio Visit Magazine” and Manifest Gallery’s 5th and 7th International Painting Annuals. She received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2014.