Looking Out / Looking In
2021 Member's Exhibition



Erin Paulson

Erin Paulson currently conserves books and manuscripts at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. An interdisciplinary book artist with her MFA from the Book Arts/Printmaking program at the University of the Arts,, she also volunteers her time for the Rosenbach Museum & Library, the Bibliographical Society of America, and Green-Wood Cemetery.

In times past he described time passing

These two works contrast the universe’s sublime infinity against our own insignificant mortality and limited understanding. Our mortality is represented through the choice of organic materials, all remnants of our fellow creatures on earth. With In times past he described time passing I visualize Tycho Brahe’s incorrect 16th Century theory of planetary movement through the repetitive motion of embroidery with the product of silkworms. With Sky of the heavens, skin of the earth I build a celestial monument with the shells of sea organisms doomed to transience.

Approximately 26 x 26 x 2"
Hand-embroidered silk and goat skin.

Sky of the heavens, skin of the earth

Approximately 38 x 33 x 2"
Mother of pearl and goat skin.