Through the creation of object based portraits, sculptural works and installations I explore personal relationships, experiences with clothing and concepts of identity, as well as daily construction and analysis of the self. Clothing is a means of personal and social communication, a threshold to the inner self and a boundary for the physical body. It is a shared, yet intimate and personal daily experience.
I work through these ideas using my own garments, found and borrowed items, objects related to storage, preservation and the home. This allows me to manipulate and control parts of a pre-existing system of visual communication. The clothing is familiar and visually comfortable, the scale naturally connects the works to the human body, offering the viewer a more personal experience with the work.
Erin Tucker is an artist born and raised in Illinois, most recently living and working in Chicago. She received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, a BFA in sculpture from Western Illinois University and a BA in theatrical costume design from Western Illinois University. She has exhibited work both nationally and internationally.