Erin M. Riley is a tapestry weaver living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her tapestries, woven from a Macomber floor loom with hand dyed wool yarn, are a series of pieces inspired by the images produced by the internet generation. The series is a product of her research into the symptoms and results of various themes, including addiction and single-parent households. Riley combines two different worlds: weaving, an old art form that requires a lot of skill, and the digital age, one that is very focused on instant gratification and accessible by nearly everyone. Drawn to images of self-discovery, experimentation, regression, development, her works depict a generation of excess and confusion. She is examining the honesty of sexuality but also how courtships, pornography and sex is changing as a result of the mass depiction of these intimate moments online.
Riley received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2009. In 2007 she received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, at Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco, CA, Space 1026 Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, Sky High Gallery in Milwaukee, WI, The Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom and Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn, Victoria in Australia.
She has been an artist in residence at Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, McColl Center for Visual Arts and Emmanuel College. Riley’s tapestry continues to receive praises and critical acclaim, as well as extensive press coverage and gallery interest.