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Atlanta-based mixed media artist, Erin Drakeford explores themes of introversion and the oppressive obligations of femininity in her paintings. Her work features ethereal, abstract, human and animal figures amid bright and moody colors accented with gold foil. "I like the illusion of opulence that the gold leaf brings to the canvas, which for me, speaks to the world's obsession with outward beauty." In addition to painting, Erin works as a stylist and her time spent dedicated to making people beautiful influences her painting's style and themes. She uses shallow depth of field and abstract compositions to further emphasize the themes of beauty and the superficial.

 

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