Eryn recieving the "Kevin J. Batchelor Emerging Artist Award"
Orillia Ontario - September 28th, 2018
Within Eryn O’Neill’s painting, Pathway, the meaning and ‘presence’ of the ‘red light’ is loaded with symbolic association and meaning. We intuitively know how it is being referenced within the painting as a symbol for or to initiate the action to ‘Stop’, particularly because of it aligning with the iconic image of a stoplight. The colour red possesses a duality of symbolic and emotional interpretation. It can be interpreted and experienced as representing offence, transgression, and violation; yet it is also the colour that speaks to affection and nurture. And this is what engaged me directly and strongly with this painting, this unexpected visual element of dualistic interpretation that the small addition of the colour red evoked. The landscape being presented, if we choose to move forward, is bleak, cold, confined and void of any living engagement. The ‘path of least resistance’ is leading the viewer directed towards a dystopian, apocalyptic reality. It is a landscape of the ‘nowhere at all’. What I found engaging within the experience of this painting is also how the red light acts as a visual sign to undertake an alternative, reverse ‘course of direction’.
Artist and Juror
Necessary Arts Company, 5 Douglas St. Unit 1, Guelph, ON
I am delighted to announce I will be attending the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation Artist Residency in March 2019