Erin Canady

Through the lens of drawing, my work centers on themes of temporality, meditation, ritual, and futility. I am inspired by my study of Daoism, my experiences with trauma and loss, and my continual desire to understand the world around me. Materials and process are chosen carefully, as they often parallel the content within the work. This can take many forms – from ephemeral installation using ice and graphite, to abstract marks on paper. Often times I act as a catalyst for my drawings – combining materials together and initiating a process that falls out of my control as time passes.


United States


Vestige II

Vestige II was made by transferring bleach and dirt from found fabric onto absorbent paper. A piece of fabric was brushed with bleach in a circular motion. It was then laid on top of paper and pressed. The bleach and dirt from the fabric soaked into the paper through this pressing process, creating a permanent imprint of imperfections that the bleach was meant to remove. With this series, I pay homage to these imperfections, to un-ideal experiences, or moments in life that do not go as planned, by documenting them and presenting them out of context. This gives the viewer the opportunity to observe, re-evaluate, and connect with something that may otherwise be disregarded.


Bleach and dirt on paper (transferred from found fabric)

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