Erika Stearly creates paintings of domestic spaces. She's finds inspiration in vintage home remodeling magazines, the IKEA catalog, photos taken in friends' houses, searching sublet rental ads on Craigslist, and Instagram. Her mixed media technique combines watercolor and acrylic paint. Using both types of paint together produces a more nuanced range of painterly effects.
Exhibitions and Awards: Stearly has had a solo exhibition at Boxheart Gallery. She has received numerous awards in support of her work, including artist grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she completed her MFA in 2014. She was the 2015 Emerging Artist in Residence at Penn State University, where she taught painting, and was a 2018 Visiting Faculty Fellow at Kutztown University.
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We love this piece because of the combination of abstraction and representation romanticizes these spaces in a way that invites the viewer to construct their own narrative of the scene.