Two Stories | Erin Koch Smith
Erin Koch Smith’s exhibition, Two Stories, draws from two bodies of work that utilize imaginative narratives and stories to build a language for experience that cannot be expressed in a different way. One narrative features the imaginary heroics of a lamp trapped inside a psychological landscape built out of memories, which is based on Philip Guston’s 1974 painting, “Lamp”. The wildly whimsical paintings create new logics and narratives using the physicality of the paint as part of the storytelling process. Smith states she is, “interested in the ways words can fail, and how painting and drawing can fill the gap.” In her other works on exhibit, Smith searches for form within her compositions using memories and representations of her childhood emphasizing personal wants and desires. The paintings can also be seen to reflect fears of growing older, the cloudiness of middle life and the pressures of creating a home.