Erin Devine is an artist, critic, curator, and independent scholar based in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in Art History with a specialization in Contemporary Art from Indiana University. Her video-based and live performances are characterized by research that addresses the adverse position of patriarchy in shaping history and culture.
Devine searches for parallels between the past and contemporary social issues, often salvaging lost biographies and culling from history to create new narratives through ambiguity, gesture, and site-specificity. Redirecting materiality in both objects and her own body, the works are representative of her interests, as both an artist and an art historian, in feminist art, the body, video, and performativity.
Recent curatorial projectss in the DC area include Boundaries, an exhibition of video art at the Brentwood Arts Exchange, and What Feminism Looks Like at the District of Columbia Arts Center. An upcoming exhibition, (In)Justice Systems, opens at the Brentwood Arts Exchange in March 2019. Devine’s performance work, both live and for the camera, as well as her video installations have been seen most recently at the Hillyer Arts Space, Workhouse Arts Center, the Pittsburgh International Performance Art Festival, Art All Night DC, Otis Street Arts Project, and the 2017 Venice International Performance Art Week. Devine is a regular contributor to Washington City Paper and Woman's Art Journal.
Chrysalis I, 2018 (video sculpture with performance before camera). Alchemical Vessels, The Healing Arts Gallery, Washington DC (March – April 2018)
The Muse Trilogy I, 2014 - 2016 (video performances). Art Pop-Up for International Women’s Day, L2 Events Space, Georgetown DC, (March 8, 2018)
I Can Remember Things Before They Happen (solo performance) and Come Home (collaborative performance), 2017. Venice International Performance Art Week (Dec 2017)
One House (community collaborative with Art Watch), 2017 - present. Touchstone Gallery, Nov 2017 and Blackrock Arts Center, Sept - Nov 2018.
I Can Remember Things Before They Happen, 2017 (3-hour durational performance). Otis Street Art Projects, Mt. Rainier MD (Oct 2017)
Wonder Werk for Washington DC by Washington DC, 2017 (2-hour performance) Art All Night DC (Sept 2017)
(Un)Silent Sentinel, 2017 (video installation). “Home + Discordance = US,” NYU-Washington Art Gallery (Sept 15 – Oct 15, 2017)
I Did Not Know Men Could Be Such F(r)iends, 2017 (3-hour durational performance). Pittsburgh Performance Art Festival (Aug 2017)
(Un)Silent Sentinel (video installation) and I Did Not Know Men Could Be Such F(r)iends (3-hour durational performance), 2017. “Women Now,” Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton VA (Jan – April 2017)
Communion II, 2016 (3-hour durational performance). “In One Night,” Bennett Park Art Atrium, Arlington VA (Nov 2016)
Communion, 2016 (video installation with performance before camera). “Repression - Resurgence - Reemergence: One hundred years of re-possessing and re-appropriating Irish identity,” Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC (June 2016)
The Rest is for You (Faculty Solo Exhibition). The New Gallery for Contemporary Art at NOVA (Feb 2016)