Erin Dunn is a Brooklyn-based artist from Summit, New Jersey. Dunn’s work explores the idea that, historically, female mysticism has provided spiritual and cultural power, and as the cult of fantastic female youth evolves, so her work lives in the realm of self-portrait avatars. She charms the viewer with personal association and the desperation of a reality star who boldly inserts sincerity. Dunn’s solo exhibitions include Rapture’s Adagio, Rooster Gallery, New York City (2012); Animation, Painting and Tapestry Visual Studies Gallery, University at Buffalo (2011); and Distinguished by the Swans, W139, Amsterdam (2009). Her group exhibitions include End of Days, Mixed Greens Gallery, Brooklyn (2012); Robert Melee’s Talent Show, The Kitchen, New York City (2010); and Polymer, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga (2009).

Dunn has been awarded residencies by Residency Unlimited (2012), NARS Foundation (2012), and a teaching fellowship at Rutgers University (2009-2011). Publications include Art Week LA, Los Angeles Times, Arthur Magazine, Art Scene, and Art Nexus. Dunn received her M.F.A. from Rutgers University and her B.F.A. from Rhodes Island School of Design.

During her Swing Space residency at Governors Island, Dunn will explore psychedelic divinity in relation to the body using the island as a dancing ground. Retreating from her usual labor-intensive animation and painting practice, Dunn will choreograph a serious of dances inspired by the historic location and waterway.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist