Livia Erwin received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in May 2013. Erwin grew up in a rural expanse of coastal Virginia and currently resides in Lebanon, Oregon. Her publications include the 2014 Winter Edition of “Studio Visit Magazine” and Manifest Gallery’s “5th International Painting Annual” in 2016 and their 7th edition in 2018. She received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2014. 


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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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