Erin Potter is an artist from Nashville, TN. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Printmaking + Book Arts at the University of Georgia, and she recently graduated with her BFA in studio art and BA in English Literature from Middle Tennessee State University. Her prints and drawings incorporate found objects, found photos, and staged scenes to explore the intersection of absurdity and beauty. Erin’s recent work has been exhibited at Center 615 in east Nashville, Studio Two Three in Richmond, VA, and Normal Editions in Normal, IL. She also participated in the 2017 Southern Graphics Conference portfolio “The Shape of Southern Printmaking to Come.” Her recent prints are currently on display at Open Gallery in Nashville, TN for the month of November 2017.
About My Work
I don’t know whether my fondness for the popular taste of a time 25 years before I was born, began because it reminds me of my childhood home in rural Tennessee, or if I just happened to discover it there. Either way, my interest in outdated materials extends directly into my studio practice. Using the language of painting and printmaking, I combine outdated materials to create situations that are illogical, ambiguous, and absurd, but that also mine a nostalgia for home. Through building illogical images, I hope to question our idea of a perfect past. By creating narratives which are consciously fabricated and false, I am investigating the tendency of nostalgia to be untrue in the first place, and by constructing situations that are at once formally satisfying yet situationally uncomfortable, I am exploring the inclination of myself and others to idealize the past. Overall, I see my work as an exploration of the duality of my source material: of the fine line between good and bad taste, nostalgia and the unfamiliar, the meaningful and the meaningless.