Canton, Ohio — Artist Erin Mulligan has a significant regional following, with the style, feel and subject of her oil paintings providing a unique perspective, almost a commentary, on human existence. That artistic talent will be on display at the Canton Museum of Art in a new exhibition, “Symphony of Life — The Art of Erin Mulligan,” opening to the public on March 21 in one of the Museum’s upper galleries. The exhibition will remain on view through July 20, 2014.
The “Symphony of Life” exhibition is opening in conjunction with the “Stark County High School Art Exhibition,” however it will be celebrated with a Members Only Opening Event to be held on April 30, 6 – 8 pm, in conjunction with another major exhibition opening on May 1.
The exhibition features many signature pieces from Mulligan, such as “Frabbit Apocalypse,” “Fire Breathing Rabbits,” “Laser Cats” and others, including the immensely popular “Katywite” series about an “impossibly extraordinary cat.” Her work has been exhibited throughout Northeast Ohio for more than seven years, from Cleveland and Akron to Canton and Massillon (including the Little Art Gallery, Massillon Museum, Transitions Gallery, Market Street Art Spot and Cyrus Framing). She has been featured in galleries in San Francisco and New York, and in 2012 she was awarded Best in Show at the Great Lakes Art Fair in Michigan. In 2013, her “Persistence of Uala” piece was published as part of “Modern Grimmoire,” an anthology by Indigo Ink Press.
“Make sure you notice the way life feels, sounds, looks, tastes … smells," Mulligan said. "When you notice these things you will find out a happiness of being a living thing, it’s basic. The exploration of human existence and its interactions and reactions with other beings and forces is very important to me … if someone is to become successful at voicing their world through visual art.
“I see my paintings as symphonies, only not as grand. Frozen in space, each one is the whole orchestra playing their sounds all at once, only to be perceived as occurring in succession when the viewer's eye unravels it. As the composer, I have the ability to manipulate the thing … so I have this responsibility to create art, which people can identify with, something we all understand as being what human life is about.”
In conjunction with the High School Art Exhibition, admission to the exhibition is free to the public between March 21 and April 30. After that, regular admission to all new exhibits will be $6 Adults; $4, Seniors and Students (with valid I.D.); Museum Members are Free; and Children 12 and under, Free. Contact the Museum at 330.453.7666, or visit www.cantonart.org for complete exhibit and event details. A sample online gallery will be posted with the exhibition detail.