Erica Lynn Huberty

“Recovery/Restoration"

Reflections
During this pandemic, we have inadvertently begun to re-wild the earth, creating wider and more biodiverse habitats and inviting previous “tenants” back to their home. We are enabling natural processes to shape land and sea, repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes. And, in looking out our window, down our streets, and up at our skies, we are amazed at the sight. In the words of environmental journalist Isabella Tree:  “We assume we know what is good for a species but we forget that our landscape is so changed, so desperately impoverished, we may be recording a species not in its preferred habitat at all, but at the very limit of its range.”

Artist Statement
Huberty’s work is fiber-based, and mingles textiles and sewing arts techniques with watercolor and ink, embroidery, crochet and knitting, loom-woven grounds, mediums overlapping as if done simultaneously, and exploring the historical tradition of “women’s work.” The process is at once tedious, time-consuming and physically demanding, as well as a symbol of feminine self-worth.  Sometimes, the narrative is allowed to develop organically from textures and images on existing textiles, or in segments of her own sketches, scraps of trim, lace and appliqués, crocheted strands; at other times, a set mythos is constructed from her own fictional or autobiographical narratives. She is informed by 17th-19th Century naturalist drawings and the fragility of endangered environments, flora and fauna, and vanishing historically-significant sites.

Biography
Erica-Lynn Huberty earned her MFA in Painting from Bennington College, though she has engaged with needlework and the fiber arts since childhood. Her art has been exhibited at the Southampton Arts Center, Racine Art Museum, WI; David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn; Ricco Maresca Gallery and Denise Bibro Fine Arts in Manhattan; Sara Nightingale Gallery, Sag Harbor, and Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton. She has created site-specific installations at an abandoned beach house in Bridgehampton, for MATTA in SoHo, the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum in Sag Harbor, NY, and on Mary Mattingly’s Wetland, for Parrish Art Museum’s ambitious “Radical Seafaring” exhibition.