"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
Erin Shirreff (b. 1975, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BFA from the University of Victoria (1998) and an MFA from Yale University (2005). Awards and honors include The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant (2011), a Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant (2011), and The Hayward Prize for Fine Arts from The Austrian-American Foundation (2005). She has been a resident at the Chinati Foundation (2011), The Western Front Society (2010), The MacDowell Colony (2008), and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (2005). Her work has been included in the exhibitions Available Light, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa / Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston / Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2012-13); Standing Shadows, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid (2012); Science on the back end, Hauser & Wirth, New York (2012); Three Evidentiary Claims, CCS Bard College Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson (2012); Le silence. Une fiction, Nouveau Musee National de Monaco (2012); Today, Lisa Cooley, New York (2012); The Locker Plant, Chinati Foundation, Marfa (2011); A Promise is a Cloud, Public Art Fund, MetroTech Center, Brooklyn (2011); Structure & Absence, White Cube, London (2011); Look with All Your Eyes, Look, Frith Street Gallery, London (2011); Another Victory Over the Sun, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2011); The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum (2011); To What Earth Does This Sweet Cold Belong?, The Power Plant, Toronto (2011); Still, Flat, and Far, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2010); Shane Campbell Gallery (Oak Park), Chicago (2010); Which Witch is Which? and/or Summertime, White Flag Projects, St. Louis (2010); Between Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2010); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2010); Knight’s Move, Sculpture Center, Long Island City (2010); Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2010); and Landscapes, Heads, Drapery, and Devils, Lisa Cooley, New York (2009).done reading