Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Erica Reese

Painting & Drawing
Alumnus, 2011
As a painter, I am interested in the connection as well as the disconnection within a chosen relationship. Every day, people are trying to find at least one specific characteristic about themselves that separates them from the rest of the world, specifically those closest to them. I am interested in the process of imitation, and how some people embrace this idea, while others will do anything in their power to disconnect from similarities and characteristics in which they cannot control.

My paintings invite the viewer in to consider the idea of imitation, and how it is not necessarily an act that occurs on purpose. Personality as well as physical characteristics are often associated and considered when referring to a related family. These ideas are intensified even more when concerning siblings who are born as identical twins. I am interested in this process of imitation, and how people decide to connect and or disconnect from this common issue.

I choose to create shapes and forms found within my imagination to create an ambiguous space that is open to the viewer's interpretation. My painting process is often visceral, and intuitive, for I allow my own experiences as a twin take course. I create varying edges suggesting that each painted area may exist on its own. A repetition of brushwork and scraping create structure, while interlocking color plains explain depth within my spaces. Imitation as traces of memories and feelings accumulate in my work and are layered on the canvas. Construction and deconstruction become a part of my painting process.

Artist whom I admire include, Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, and Wolf Kahn.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL