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Erin Kann

I am a writer and visual artist from Toronto. I tell poignant stories through a variety of media including pencil, acrylic paint, oil paint and the written word. I am seeking opportunties to develop my skills and begin my career as a professional author and artist.

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Artist Portfolio

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Erin Kann, 2023

Acrylic paint on mixed media board

11 x 14

This piece celebrates everlasting friendships that have stood the test of time. Adult friendships are hard to maintain and even harder to initiate as we get older. This piece seeks to encapsulate the carefree, effortless feel of childhood friendships and to celebrate those that survive into adulthood. 

90s Girls
Girl

Erin Kann, 2018

Oil paint on canvas

18 x 24

This piece sets out to visualize the feeling of anxiety for the artist. The figure's hands are blackened to suggest that they have tried to self-sooth unsuccessfully, and in doing so potentially caused more harm.

Anxious
Robot

Erin Kann, 2019

Oil paint on canvas

18 x 24

This oil painting explores the feeling one gets when they are asked to conceal their true self to uphold social convention. The concept of womanhood is a social construct that is imposed upon women as they are often asked to live up to impossible standards and expectations (read: women are expected to conform to the male gaze).

 

The feminine robot is styled to invoke the classic nuclear family of the 1950s; a time when families clamoured to "keep up with the Joneses" and display a pristine family image to the world. 

The robot's bright inner light pours out through its unmasked face and illuminates the area around it as a reminder that the world is made brighter and more colourful by all people who dare to shine their light.

Unmasking
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Erin Kann, 2022

Acrylic paint on canvas

18 x 24

This piece embodies the collective despondence each person feels after spending two years in a constant state of emergency. The robot's wheel treads are worn bare, its bulb is dim, its charge is drained and it is looking for s place to plug in, though there is nowhere in sight.

Sad Robot
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Erin Kann, 2018

Oil paint on canvas

10 x 20

This piece was created as part of a series that aims to depict the invisible feelings of fear, anxiety and sadness, if they were worn on the outside of the body and were visible to onlookers like clothing. The artist explores the idea of wearing a mask, or an outer image that's pleasing for onlookers while bottling up unpleasant or inconvenient truths on the inside. In this piece, the figure is unzipping their outer skin and discarding it as if coming home after a long day and taking off their coat, releasing their true form. The figure's body language indicates relaxation or relief; what's visible of their facial expression is relaxed, their shoulders are back, hands unclenched, and they are taking natural, leisurely steps as if they are releasing their inner self without missing a stride. Maybe this is something this figure does every evening. The artist created this piece to express that in times of personal turmoil, we may feel as if we're living a double life: the life where we go to work and contribute positively in meetings, buy food from the farmer's market, make idle chit chat with passers by on the subway; the life where we're expected to check our personal baggage at the door. And our second life, which we live only when we're in solitude, where our sadness won't ruin the party or disrupt the atmosphere at work. Our second life, where we can let the inner sadness and pain out, is private. The figure is only half undressed of the skin; almost two completely even halves, as the artist reminds viewers that it's important to let those feelings out and that it is normal to feel them and to express them, but to process trauma constructively without allowing sadness, anger or grief to consume you as you heal and... Let It Out.

Sad Robot Let It Out

Accomplishments

2019-Present

Mean Pretty

Founder, Content Creator 

  • Write freelance content for various brands

  • Produce custom art and fiction works
     

Accomplishments:

  • RAW Artists Showcases (Toronto):

    • CONCEPT, May 2023

    • PROTOTYPE, February 2023

    • GLOW, April 2022

  • Pancakes and Booze Art Show (Toronto):

    • November 2022

  • Artist in Residence at Studio H Canada:

    • Aug.-Sept. 2022, Metchosin, B.C.

  • Bell-ans Volition Art Gallery, FEAR:

    • Winter 2019, Orangeburg, NY

2021-2022

Uberflip

Content Marketing Manager

  • Manage content strategy for the B2B SaaS brand's resource center

2019-2021

goeasy Ltd. 

Sr. Social Media Specialist

  • Managed blog and social media content strategy

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