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Erinn McKenna

Networking


This piece is a monument to networks, communities, and patterns. Mesh fabric and yarn create a visual metaphor for the networks that connect us and the world we live in. Inspired by physarum polycephalum, a species of slime mold, this piece uses the growth pattern of mold as a metaphor for the vast networks of living material that make up not only our bodies, but also the living and non-living communities that we inhabit and contribute to. By installing this piece in the Mill Street warehouse, it is a monument to the community and networks of artists that have been created through the Mill Street Project.


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Mesh, Yarn 2020


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Photo of Ground Floor North at the Mill Street Project in New Haven, CT.

A Lemon Tree Grows in Your Back Garden

An ongoing public installation located at the Arcade Mall in Bridgeport, CT.
Part of the public art series "A Pop of Color" organized by Colorful Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District.


"A Lemon Tree Grows in Your Garden" is an exploration of texture, nature, movement, and abstracted forms. This piece is intended to juxtapose the surrounding concrete/urban space of the city and inspire a conversation about urban ecosystems (human and plant based). By using materials that are conventionally used for construction, municipal projects, and ‘artificial’ pursuits; the artist has drawn a parallel between the city installation location and the natural/rural subject matter.

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Multimedia installation, Chicken Wire, astroturf, clear vinyl tubing, glass cube, water pump, water, 2019

Box

A video exploring man-made spaces, insects, and our interactions with them

Single channel 360 and green screen footage, Petco feeder crickets (Acheta domestica), 2018

Digital Ecologies

Senior thesis for my BA in New Media at SUNY Purchase

Digital Ecologies utilizes conventionally opposing mediums to explore intersections between the accepted binary of ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’. Inspired by Donna Haraway’s ‘Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene’, the piece uses string as a connective tissue between the two energies (digital 360° video and live insects) to demonstrate new pathways of thinking about the environment, technology, and the interactions humans have with the two.

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Hand woven tapestry, dried moss and lichen, video, pastic magnifying jars, tomato hornworms (Manduca Quinquemaculata), 2019


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Tube Study

An ongoing site specific installation that explores the manipulation and displacement of water within a natural and uninhibited environment

Clear vinyl tubing, water, 2018

Release

Papier Mache sculpture/installation emulating an spider's egg sac, filled with the smells and tastes of my childhood

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Papier mache, cotton, fishing line, saffron rice, egg shells, red pepper flakes, rigatoni pasta, 2019

Digital Space

A website to exhibit the 3D models of website's I've made using the Rhinocerous heightmap function

a peak at erinn's interactive 3d models of americas most popular websites

Digital installation, 3D heightmap models, hyperlinks 2019

Sail Away

A video made solely with the intent to calm

Single channel footage, images sourced from Ravensburger puzzles, 2018

360 Camera Study

My exploration into the use of a 360 camera as opposed to a conventional 2D camera?

Single channel 360 footage, 2018

ASMR/Slime Study

The product of my exploration into performance and the instagram/youtube phenomenon of stim culture

Single channel footage, 2018