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ERIN SHIRREFF
Media: Sculpture, photography, video.
Lives/Works in: Greenpoint.
What You’ll See: Bones, moon rocks, prehistoric tools—Shirreff evokes them all in the black-and-white photographs she takes of her own amorphous clay sculptures. It’s organic and otherworldly and beautiful work, inspired in part by time spent living in New Mexico. “In the desert you actually see geologic time,” Shirreff says. After her solo debut at Lisa Cooley last fall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art bought a flickering video that renders the Roden Crater, James Turrell’s Arizona earthwork, into a Martian landscape.


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