Erin O'Malley

Erin O'Malley

  • Artist’s Statement

    For O’Malley, the ritual of adornment is a process of hiding and revealing. Like the beads threaded together in a tribal amulet, worn around the neck for protection, what parts of our internal selves do we weave together each day and adorn ourselves with to appear as we would like to be seen? Like the age-old adage of ‘wearing one’s heart on a sleeve’, we make daily subconscious decisions about what emotions, aspects of our personality, parts of our interior person we are happy to reveal or need to keep hidden for the interactions ahead. Each circle of colour, some roughly hewn, others carefully polished and shaped from many years of use, each bauble of projected self, sits alongside or is woven into a protecting talisman. It is fragile, dislocated in parts, revealing holes through which our hidden self can unexpectedly appear. Often the weight of this process can be hard to hold reminding us of the importance of finding people and places where we can comfortably let go of the knotted threads, and be fully present, truly aligned – the external and internal self no longer requiring the ‘other.’ We are unmasked and unadorned.

  • Biography

    Erin O’Malley (b.1969 – New Zealand) is a painter who, using colour, texture and shape seeks to capture some of the concealed beauty of what it means to be human.
    Her emoIonal landscapes explore shared hopes & fears, a sense of place & self, captured moments in Ime, held in brush stroke on the canvas. Her work looks at a reality beyond the observable physical world and aLempts to hold onto and record the unseen internal spaces we navigate daily.
    Erin believes wholly in the action of painting , the process & journey and direction of the marks she makes. It all begins from an idea, a feeling, a word – it is then followed through with paint to its desired end.
    Erin has a BA & Teaching Diploma in English and EducaIon UoA (Auckland New Zealand) 1991 and a Diploma in PainIng ISCD (Sydney Australia) 1999.

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