Pneumatic Bones is the new solo collection of paintings by artist Erin Long.
The exhibit is named “Pneumatic Bones.” I chose it because lines emerged while working that looked like a skeleton. But they didn’t feel heavy like my own; the bones I saw could breathe, they were hollow, and they felt up-lifting somehow.
Nothing specifically inspired the collection other than the process itself. I’m consistently inspired by not having a plan, thought process, or subject in mind. On good painting days I meditate while working (or think about anything other than the work) and often don’t remember a thing I’ve done. When I am able to do this and feel this, I feel inspired to find it again and again.
The collection is more of a personal, creative experiment. It is more graphic and dark than my previous work. The subject is a nagging itch that I have scratched. In truth, I can’t tell you “what it is” much more than that and have it make any real sense. The meaning of the collection was, for me, in its creation… which felt like flying in a dream.