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The Art of Memphis, 2001-Now

Erin Harmon
Candy Jar
gouache & acrylic on paper collage, 11x15.5

Artist Erin Harmon

Courtesy of the artist, Erin Harmon

Originally from California, Erin Harmon received her BA in studio art from San Diego State University. She went on to graduate with her MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003. She is a longstanding professor of painting at Rhodes College, and has featured in local and national exhibitions for several years. Candy Jar is from her 'Midnight Gardens' series of gouache drawings on black paper, which in Harmon's words "incorporate real and imagined botanical fragments, strange flora, and sentimental mementos into a beautiful but sterile Eden. The paintings teeter between still life objects and landscape representation that implicates the viewer as participant. Inspired by myths as well as allusions to the landscape as feminine, these objectified forests and gardens embody a timeless and mystical space while also suggesting a sense of desire, anxiety, and a loss of authenticity."

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