Erin has been selected for inclusion in the Governor’s Inaugural Art Exhibit for the inauguration of Pennsylvania’s 47th Governor, Tom Wolf. Her painting “Mountain” will hang in The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg from January 20, 2015 to February 15, 2015.
The exhibit, curated by the Inauguration Committee for Tom Wolf, set a goal to select Pennsylvania artists from both the past and present. They sought to create an exhibition that would represent a diversity of ethnicity, age, gender, geographic region, and style. Forty-two Pennsylvania art organizations and institutions were invited to submit no more than four entries for consideration. Some of the forty-two organizations included in their invitation were The Allentown Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Barnes Foundation, and ArtsQuest.
Using a unique process, Anderson paints directly on the metal when creating her work. After the paint has thoroughly dried she then uses a subtractive method to etch the paint away and allow the copper to shine through. Her selected painting “Mountain” is a depiction of the artist’s grandfather, Ken, sitting at his kitchen table. When describing the inspiration behind the painting, the artist had this to say:
“Standing well over six feet tall, he always cut a formidable figure. But it’s been in recent years, through witnessing the enormous challenges and difficulties he’s has had to face, that I’ve seen his strength and resilience. I use the metaphor of the mountain to show his unwavering strength in light of struggle and the copper as an allusion to the winds that batter a mountainside.”