Urban Interactions - Eryn O’Neill
Window Gallery - 56 Regina St N
August 11 - September 3
Eryn O’Neill holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and recently completed her MFA at the University of Waterloo in 2018. Since graduating, Eryn worked for the Student Art Innovation Lab (S.A.I.L) a mobile public art initiative through the Department of Fine Art at the University of Waterloo. Eryn has attended the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency (2016), The Golden Foundation Artist Residency (2019) and has been invited to attend the Pouch Cove Residency in Newfoundland (2019-2020). Eryn would like to acknowledge the generous support from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, and Ontario Arts Council Project Grant and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.
The work for Urban Interactions is the result of months of repetitive outings, in all conditions, to gather enough information, visually and mentally, to create sensory charged paintings suggestive of a figure navigating a city. Eryn’s work explores her co-dependent relationship with running and art, and while she does not consider the running portion as carrying any artistic merit; it is a vital element in the process. The imagery she collects on her routes varies depending on the time of day, and location.What she ultimately decide to use as inspiration for a painting often reminds her of a pause in the run, a time when she was either forced to stop due to construction or a barrier, or when she pauses to take in the environment. These are not pre-planned and the resulting images are a personal mapping of the city.