Murder Ball – Erin Finley

The following images are of Erin Finley’s exhibition Murder Ball which ran from September 21 to October 12, 2013.

View of Erin Finley's Murder Ball with Vainglorious Macho, Murder Ball (deliverance) and Hillbilly

Vainglorious Macho


Interview with Erin Finley

Line Gallery: When we first became aware of your work in 2007, you were doing large-scale paintings. When did you make the switch to drawing and what prompted that switch?

Erin Finley: Those paintings were exhilarating to make because they were big and brazen: the largest one was 15 feet tall. I was dealing with the sudden loss of my mother at the time, so there was a lot of angst in me back then, and I channeled it all into making work. The experience was very freeing.


LG: So do you think that the smaller scale of the drawings offer you something different?

EF: Those large-scale paintings felt heroic. But they’re like anthemic rock songs: all noise, no subtlety. Each of my current pieces has a lot more to say than those ones did. There’s this short story by Ernest Hemingway – and it’s only six words long – but it’s such an anvil, and in a way, my current works are modestly sized because I’m interested in economies of size. Hemingway’s story, in its entirety, goes:  For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.


Erin Finley Artist Talk & Reception

Line Gallery hosted Erin Finley’s reception on September 20, 2013 and her artist talk on September 21, 2013.

Erin Finley's artist talk at Line Gallery

Erin Finley's reception with Sex by Proxy, Port Credit High, and Girl Doing Blow at Art History Lecture

Erin Finley's reception with Wasaga Beach Fantasy in the background