Erin Keane – Asheville, NC
Erin Keane studied art at Miami University, Ohio, and graduated with an MA in Art Education. She moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, and taught at Brevard Middle School earning National Board Certification in Visual Arts. In 2011, she moved into a new career stage of full time exhibiting artist and instructor. Erin is an artist in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC, and is represented by 310 ART and Southern Highland Craft Guild. She teaches encaustic and bookbinding workshops regionally at 310 ART, Penland School of Crafts, and John C Campbell Folk School, and nationally at Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch’s EncaustiCamp and OPENstudio.
“I am an encaustic artist and bookbinder, smitten with beeswax and bindings.
My current direction in encaustic is driven by a daily photography practice, capturing abstraction within ordinary objects and elasticity of light as it dances around shadow and reflection. I transfer photographs onto wood panels and saturate them with wax, developing soft imagery with a luminous glow and aromatic scent of beeswax.
For years, encaustic and bookbinding were separate entities in my life – the art and the craft, the experimental and the meditative – and I craved a convergence. My encaustic journals are designed to honor the blank book as an art form and as a vessel of possibilities.”