My Kids Could Do That

Hello and welcome.
My name is erin murtha and I'm so excited that you could join me here in this adventure.
As I understand it, humans are natural born story tellers so it makes sense that I like to tell stories. However, since I'm not great with words, I make art. Most of the stories I want to tell are a bit silly, so my pieces typically end up highly colorful, often lowbrow, and -if I'm doing it right - a bit humorous and whimsical.

I work in a variety of mediums depending on my current curiosity and accessibility.
Lately, I've been most curious about textile so that's the majority of the snippets you'll see below, but I also work in mixed media, digital, photography, and installation/performance.

Please feel free to click the buttons below to explore different series or mediums.

Cake.
Cake, oh my gosh do I love cake. I don't even mean eating it necessarily, but the weight it carries. The celebration, the emotions... birthdays, weddings, graduations, funerals... cakes are a part of a lot of moments in our lives. A lot of big moments. Cake Parade, an art show at Ipso Gallery in downtown Sioux Falls, paired 5 bakers with 5 artists. These pairs came together to inspire each other to create an art piece to go with an edible work of art. For this series, I played with moments in our life when we might eat cake alone, or what it might look like if we did, but really... If you want to learn more, it's a piece/series best talked about - maybe over a tea and a slice of cake.

p.s. The baker I was paired with was the best in the world - my mother, Brenda Murtha.

Jello.
Like so many folks, I'm absolutely intrigued by 1950s culture. Specifically, I wanted to delve deeper into the fascination with gelatin. Of the various fads and novelty crazes that have swept across America, aspics are possibly my favorite and every aspic has a story to tell.

Textile
My textile works are predominately an exploration into basic household goods and a personal interpretation on American culture. I typically choose fabric to work with so I can readily play on available textures and patterns and I just can't deny that deeper meaning that fabric has in American culture.

Here are some of my experiments in the digital world. These are where you'll probably see me at my very most playful. I don't know if a day has ever gone by that I haven't doodled SOMETHING... often on napkins, coasters, post-it notes... Some might say it's my ADD. They might not be wrong, but a lot of time I get inspiration just from my own miscellaneous doodle drawlings (as I like to call them). I think not forgetting what it is like to have that childlike wonder and freedom of expression is super important in my own artistic process and I'll typically work through and refine and polish a bit more for textile pieces.

Collaborations.
Sean Hartka (my husband and favorite human) and I have had the pleasure of co-creating a few live performance/installations.

Color Study was commentary on the Pantone colors of the year. We also had pink treats and blue treats for our guests.

Lucid Dreaming was a surprising and small dreamscape of a cat with big goals and even bigger adventures. When we went out to check out the space, we fell in love with this super boring room that had the most amazing cut out with a light inside and a little string to pull. Sean and I worked out one of our favorite concepts to date.

Again I fell in love with a small space, this time it was a closet. Chatroom was a perfect vision between Sean and I. We came up with the idea in the exact same moment and talked it through in a few minutes. Chatroom was an interactive experiment in a closet where we engaged in small talk and finding comfort in strangers.
Also, we brought snacks.

The clowns were a desktop project with my sister, Mateya Murtha.
We also have a "band" together.

Cake.
Cake, oh my gosh do I love cake. I don't even mean eating it necessarily, but the weight it carries. The celebration, the emotions... birthdays, weddings, graduations, funerals... cakes are a part of a lot of moments in our lives. A lot of big moments. Cake Parade, an art show at Ipso Gallery in downtown Sioux Falls, paired 5 bakers with 5 artists. These pairs came together to inspire each other to create an art piece to go with an edible work of art. For this series, I played with moments in our life when we might eat cake alone, or what it might look like if we did, but really... If you want to learn more, it's a piece/series best talked about - maybe over a tea and a slice of cake.

Jello.
Like so many folks, I'm absolutely intrigued by 1950s culture. Specifically, I wanted to delve deeper into the fascination with gelatin. Of the various fads and novelty crazes that have swept across America, aspics are possibly my favorite.

Textile
My textile works are predominately an exploration into basic household goods and a personal interpretation on American culture.

Digital
A play with the digital realm. This are where you'll probably see me at my very most playful. I don't know if a day has ever gone by that I haven't doodled SOMETHING... often on napkins, coasters, post-it notes... Some might say it's my ADD. They might not be wrong, but a lot of time I get inspiration just from my own miscellaneous doodle drawlings (as I like to call them). I think not forgetting what it is like to have that childlike wonder and freedom of expression is super important in my own artistic process and I'll typically work through and refine and polish a bit more for textile pieces.

Collaborations.
Sean Hartka (my husband and favorite human) and I have had the pleasure of co-creating a few live performance/installations.

Lucid Dreaming was a surprising and small dreamscape of a cat with big goals and even bigger adventures. When we went out to check out the space, we fell in love with this super boring room that had the most amazing cut out with a light inside and a little string to pull. Sean and I worked out one of our favorite concepts to date.

The clowns were a desktop project with my sister, Mateya Murtha.
We also have a "band" together.

If you made it here, then it means you made it to the end. If you want to see more, learn more, or just chat... hit me up. :)