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Interior/Exterior (Porshe), 2014
The Mannequin, 2014
Yoga Studio, 2014
Bat Mitzvah Goth Amanda, 2014
VICE: So why did you leave New York?
Erin Jane Nelson: I moved to New York a week after I turned 18 after living in the suburbs my whole life. Obviously the change was really distinct and intense. I simply did not understand the ways in which art is hugely social, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. It quickly became apparent that I was way behind the curve in terms of my knowledge of contemporary art—I only really understood it through this teen girl livejournal identity that was so fantasy-based. I knew that I wanted to grow from being in New York, but I felt ill-prepared to fit into an accepted mold, even though I tried. But I also felt ill-prepared to be resistant; I didn’t feel I had the language or the self assurance. I’m almost 25 and I feel as though I am just now able to get back to a grove with my work that feels great. I have a routine life where I spend most of my free time making things. I have an amazing small core of peers in Oakland and without them I would probably still be very confused and aimless in my making and identity.
I interviewed Erin Jane Nelson for Vice. Check it out!
Tent Window, 2014
Spider in Raver’s Nest, 2014
Amanda Goes Camping, 2014