Shain Erin


Shain Erin has been making some sort of art practically since birth and has achieved success in a variety of media including painting, digital media and sculpture. In recent years he has become obsessed with the possibilities of the doll as a medium with the potential to reach a wide and varied audience while challenging conventions and preconceptions about “art” and art-making. He draws on a wide range of influences including world art, mythology and popular culture to create a unique perspective on the doll as an art form.
Shain Erin has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute And has shown work throughout the US including the recent “Raining Art Dolls” Show at Ten Women Gallery in Venice, California and the “Circus” show at Studio Space Arts Gallery in Barre, Vermont. His art doll sculptures are in collections throughout the US and in Germany.

I’m an obsessive artist (since birth) working primarily in sculpture, painting and digital media. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and have shown work throughout the US. My doll sculptures are in collections throughout the US, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, and Norway.” (mostly in San Francisco and Denver) But mostly I’ve kept to myself artistically, exploring my obsessions and refining my vision and methods.
I’ve always been fascinated with world art and mythology and for about the last ten years I’ve been concentrating on exploring and defining a personal mythology and “history” while honoring and referencing existing world art traditions. . For that reason I refer to my work as Neo-Mythic and see myself as a creator of artifacts that never were.
For the last several years I’ve been preoccupied with dolls: I see them as a long under appreciated art form with virtually unlimited expressive possibilities. I’m inspired by traditional world art figures (kachina, bochia, nkisi, namchi, shadow puppets, etc.) while working to push the boundaries of what a “doll” is as far as my imagination and skills will take it.
These are not comforting toys; they can be challenging and defiant, disturbing and enchanting, irrational and frightening, beautiful and sad. They have stories they yearn to tell, and they hold secrets they will never give up. I like to think of dolls as spirit vessels and the making of a doll a kind of offering or invitation. It’s always a collaboration between me and whatever spirit comes forward.
Lately I’ve felt it is time to come out of my shell and start finding an audience for my work, so here I am. I hope you will find something to connect with here –that touches you in some way, and I would love to hear what you think.
In recent years I have become preoccupied with the formal/expressive possibilities of the doll as an art form. I am fascinated with the way in which dolls can function simultaneously as contrived objects and as living entities. I draw on a wide range of references including world art, art history, mythology and popular culture to inform and empower my doll sculpture.


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