August -September 1999
Jan Erion and Cheri O'Brien
The exhibition is filled with a combination of interior and
exterior scenes. The interiors feature images of food-filled dining rooms,
some with people (an offshoot of her "Dinner Party" series), scenes of the
artist's studio and, narrative scenes from the artist's childhood and
present day family. Many of the images include scraps of keepsake fabric
from her family's past, old collagraph prints by the artist and other
unusual collage elements from magazines and newspapers. The exteriors, a new
development in the artist's reperatoire, feature scenes of lakes, both Lake
Washington in Seattle and lakes in Europe. The stylistic hallmarks of Ms.
Erion are her choice of bold complimentary colors, heavy black outlines and
multi-media textures. The complex interior lighting and psychological spaces
suggest the work of Pierre Bonnard, but with a female fauvist twist.