Knoxville, TN | Sculpture, Mixed Media
Erin Tucker is a studio artist living and working in Knoxville TN. Before studying visual art and sculpture, she received a BA in Theater and Design, she worked as a costume designer in Wisconsin and Michigan, this time surrounded by clothing still greatly influences her studio work. When she moved on, she studied Painting and Sculpture at Western Illinois University, and earned an MFA in Sculpture from Indiana University in Bloomington. Now employed at the University of Tennessee School of Art as the Studio Technician, she is able to provide support for faculty and to students; helping them grow as artists and to build stronger communities.
Currently my days and thoughts are filled with all-encompassing concepts of work.
Hours of each day are spent in a metal shop, foundry, studios and the in halls of an art school working so that others can create their artwork. My past, in costume design, was all about working to ensure others could more fully do their job of becoming a believable and full character, serving the actor and the audience. As a woman I was raised to know the work of keeping a house and of raising a family.
My practice employs found and fabricated objects, garments, and actions as placeholders for people, memories and experiences. I use these as tools to catalogue moments and recount personal histories of my own and those close to me.
These new works allow me to think about and explore my place in all of this work. What is the outcome of my labor? What are the effects on me, and on those around me? Is the end result more important that the effort that brings one there?
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” — Theodore Roosevelt