Erin Lavelle creates, curates and produces participatory art through installations, performance, and set/costume design. Utilizing site-specific locations, immersive techniques and interactive elements, she assembles stages within which the art, artists and audiences reside, blurring preconceived boundaries and promoting connection.
Lavelle is the co-creator of Nighttime Post, with Anthony Chapin, which premiered at Northern Spark 2014 and has been presented throughout the city subsequently. She also recently served as Art Director on Ruination: City of Dust, a mystery game on bicycles produced by Northern Lights.mn.
She lives and works in Minneapolis and is currently pursuing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA through their low-residency education model.
Lavelle loves almost anything involving bicycles, old technology, costumes, plants, dirt, and dancing.
Though often private or intimate in nature, my work lives within the public sphere. It lives in the world amongst citizens and strangers, monuments and gum on the sidewalk, happily sharing space, though sometimes out of place. It lives in the current moment, responding to the environmental, urban and social issues of our time with mindfulness and compassion.
I have a background in traditional theatre - I studied and worked professionally in performance, direction, costuming and scenography. My interest in social engagement and connection, however, naturally led me towards interdisciplinary work beyond the confines of the theatre space and into the public sphere. Instead of creating new/unreal/imagined worlds, I enjoy working in the wild, working in the world that already exists, bringing focus and attention to its elements in new ways. I create work through interdisciplinary and participatory installations. Utilizing site-specific locations, immersive theatrical techniques and interactive elements, I inhabit spaces in which the art, artists and audiences reside, blurring preconceived boundaries and barriers, promoting connection and shaping new experiences.
As a public and interdisciplinary artist I have a commitment to collaborative projects and community engagement, with a specific interest in using the urban landscape as a platform for work related to the environment, health and wellness, social justice and culture.
In all of my work I enjoy making hand crafted objects, utilizing found objects, thrifted items, and a DIY construction aesthetic, however, these physical objects only exist to help guide the participants to a new discovery, dream, or understanding of their surroundings. My work is not about the physical world, it is about the people in the space together, and the shared journey we take. My goal is to find ways to fight the isolation of our current culture and promote a collective sense of togetherness, connectivity, community and well-being.
Art is for everyone.