Erin Chlaghmo's Details
About Erin Chlaghmo
Chlaghmo’s identity has become an amalgamation of the myriad cultures she has assimilated into. Living as a religious outcast for most of her life made her aware of the gravity of belonging. Teaching art on a Native American Indian reservation was a shift in paradigm about American history and her first exposure to racism. Forever changed by that experience, she questions normative “white” culture through art making. Straddling the border between American and Moroccan society, she has a multi-cultural family and lifestyle. These immersion experiences have molded her life and artistic practice.
Chlaghmo’s process combines screen-printing, painting, sewing and construction to assemble 3D works layered with hand made fabric and found materials. The history of textiles is used in reference to the way people construct meaning/identity. Notions of craft are crucial to her work, formally, because there are moments of imperfection and failure that reference true life and the ugliness of the social issues she is trying to tackle. The effect is an abstract collision of cultural references, pattern, colors and manipulated materials.