An abandoned farmhouse, shrouded by trees and isolated in a cornfield, was my first glimpse of pure beauty. Those empty rooms were more alive than any inhabited space I had ever stood within. I use the term “alive” because the furniture, photographs, letters, and infinite relics of a previous life still resided within the peeling walls and crumbling ceilings.

My goal as a painter is to expose the kind of unconventional beauty that is cultivated by generations of neglect. My subject of preference is houses with stories to tell.  I ultimately want to share those spaces with others on an immersive scale, and in a form more tangible than any possible digital representation. I have forgone the use of rulers and preliminary drawing since 2013.

 © 2018 by Livia Erwin

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