Redefine Magazine, Spring 2008
Check out this write-up on my work in the newest edition of Redefine Magazine!
"Erica Steiner's amazingly detailed oil paintings serve as a merging point for many freestanding design styles. A heavy focus on nature and landscapes come into play, but don't expect any static paintings here. Steiner's works ripple with waves of decorated gold leaf, Victorian-inspired florals, nearly psychedelic coloring, and detailed ornamentation. Her newest paintings, shown here, are called Reverie: Meditations on an Ornamental World, and the name cannot be more suitable. "Whether this impulse is made manifest in the form of an everyday act like putting on jewelry, or in an overt act of ritual, such as the adornment of a religious icon with flower garlands, we as humans are ubiquitously driven to decorate our world, to sanctify it, and to beautify it with ornament," Steiner says, explaining the idea behind this body of work. Where Chinese and Japanese landscape painting, Tibetan Buddhist textiles, and medieval Catholic illumination manuscripts may sound a little dated, Steiner manages to incorporate these ancient, ornate styles into something refreshing for the modern age."
And a plug for the magazine from yours truly:
Based in Seattle but distributed widely nationwide, Redefine is packed with covetous art (and music too) rendered in yummy/glossy, colorful pics, not to mention, really good writing. You can check out their website, www.redefinemag.com, to sample the vibe, but having just gotten my first copy in the mail, ain't no substitute for the in-yr-hand real thing. To that end, on their website you'll find a comprehensive list of bookstores, shops, etc. around the country where you can pick up a copy of your own (it's worth it, if you are one of the art-obsessed...I'm gonna get a subscription!). Special thanks to Vivian Hua of Redefine for her support and for offering up this thoughtful reflection of my work.