Erin Lavelle is a public artist working in interdisciplinary media, primarily: fiber arts, installation, Buddhist philosophy, sustainability and storytelling/listening.
Solo work has been focused on intimate exchanges within the public sphere — in libraries, galleries, storefronts and front yards. Collaborations have included large-scale installations and interactive performance projects at festivals, breweries, events and public parks with regular collaborator Anthony Chapin, among others.
She has worked with Art Shanty Projects, Textile Center, Lanesboro Arts, Northern Lights.mn, Intermedia Arts and Hennepin Theatre Trust, as well as self-producing several projects.
Lavelle’s work is informed by a regular yoga and mindfulness practice and a background in theatrical direction and design. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and resides in Minneapolis, MN.
I am a public artist dedicated to engaging with non-arts-going members of our community. I work in interdisciplinary media, primarily: fiber arts, installation, Buddhist philosophy, sustainability and storytelling/listening.
My background in theatrical costume design and direction informs my public art projects, which utilize both visual arts practices and immersive engagement techniques to guide opportunities for connection and discovery between people and the environment around them. A self-described ‘social dramaturg’, I assemble public ‘stages’ within which the art, artists and audiences reside, blurring preconceived boundaries and promoting connection.
I enjoy utilizing found objects, thrifted items, and a hand-crafted construction aesthetic. My work is made in response to the issues facing modern culture and relevant to our shared humanity. Current topics include: the environment, health and wellness, social justice and love. As a public artist, my goal is to fight the isolation of our current culture and promote a collective sense of togetherness, connectivity, creativity and well-being.
Art is for everyone.