Erin Parish’s Windy Ocean, 2013 - 47.5-inch by 59.25-inch oil and resin on wood panel
ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Mindy Solomon Gallery presents the paintings of American abstract artist Erin Parish July 20 through Sept. 14, with an opening reception Saturday, July 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Artist's Talk at 6:30 p.m.
"Touch is the other side of movement. Movement is the other side of touch. They are the shadow of each other." Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Erin Parish is the daughter of four artists. As a child growing up, common talk on Sunday mornings centered on the New York Times and the art world and its philosophical and commercial vacillations. Parish listened intently and began to form significant and lasting opinions about art and the pathways of creative thinking. She has been exhibiting regularly since the age of 18 and is now nearing her fourth decade of being a practicing artist.
Her early influences ranged from Joseph Cornell to the German Expressionists and Neue Wilde artists of the 1980s. Today she is very much taken with the Hudson River School artists as well as Moriko Mori, Yayoi Kusama, and Japanese woodcuts by Hokusai and Hiroshige. She finds herself aligned with the Japanese principles of Wabi Sabi and Yugen.
Parish describes her paintings as follows: "I create art based on what I stumble upon in nature. What might appear mundane on the surface can be complex and beautiful upon closer inspection. People seldom notice the reflection in a puddle or the dewdrops on a leaf, but every component is a microcosm of nature in its entirety. Nature is composed layers upon layers of interconnected ecosystems. Every aspect is constantly evolving, but nature’s motion is often only clear to us at a larger level. The change in foliage signals the start of fall. The bloom of flowers signals spring. My artwork reveals nature’s continuous state of flux. I try to capture and preserve a moment that passes too quickly for most of us to see.”
Parish lives on Miami Beach and gathers much inspiration from her environment. Her meditative, ethereal works convey liquidity and tranquility evocative of the ocean. With an ever-shifting palette of colors that seem to move and transform on the surface, Parish creates a sense of time and space that inspires a moment of quiet.
Mindy Solomon Gallery is located at 124 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.