Erin E. Castellan
In a society that is becoming increasingly hurried and divorced from the physical world due to the widespread use of digital technology, my artwork responds with images, materials, and processes that promote slow viewing experiences and intimate tactile engagements. Collaged fabrics are combined with paint, embroidery, knitting, and crochet to create images that cannot be known in an instant. Tactile curiosities, optical illusions, and relationships that connect across forms are slowly revealed to viewers who take their time in looking. For me, looking (when it is done slowly and with attention) is pure pleasure. Slow seeing connects us to our surroundings and to our sense of physical presence. When we slow, carefully examine, and engage fully with the physical world, we are reminded of our finite existence, the wonder of being here, and of the need to establish lasting, empathetic relationships with each other and our world.