Born in Oklahoma, Erin grew up travelling the Mid West of the US with her family. At the age of 15 and looking for a pen pal in Ireland – she found the man of her dreams and traveled alone to Ireland when she was 17 to meet him in person. Upon completing high school, Erin moved to Galway to be with her now husband of 15 years. 

A self taught artist raised by two creative parents – art has always been Erin’s interest and passion. Expressing herself through creative writing, painting, photography, and dabbling in hand crafts. 

As a mother of three, some of Erin’s interests include home birth, breastfeeding advocacy, improving maternity services, birth work, autonomy in pregnancy and childbirth, and supporting women in their greatest times of need. Experiencing infertility as well as miscarriage has been a guiding light in much of her work. 

Erin is an activist for women’s rights – creating and leading what became the largest grassroots campaign in Repealing the 8th Amendment in Ireland with In Her Shoes – Women of the Eighth. She continues to marry her art and activism as one, generating conversations on taboo subjects of abortion, miscarriage, grief, mother-loss, depression, radical self love and more. She aims to inspire connection of the human experience, honesty, societal healing, and unity among women. 

Erin is a co-founder of Mother Maker Studios, a collaborative of women artists and makers. Mother Maker Studios invites the space for mothers to continue their creative practice in community with other mothers, a space where our children are welcome to run underfoot. 

                                                                                                                                                                *Photo by Julia Monard for Generation20 

 

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               The Rainbow Way               |               Rise Up & Repeal              |          Creatrix – She Who Makes          |     Trigger Warning – Antholog
                 By Lucy H. Pearce             Edited by Sarah Brazil & Sarah Bernstein              by Lucy H. Pearce                          Edited by Holly Ruskin

My artwork has been commissioned and published within JUNO Magazine since 2012. 

This Early Spring edition of JUNO Magazine is the first ever publication with an illustrated cover. As the featured artist for this cover, I also contributed my writing with thoughts on being a Mother Maker. 

In 2022 I have been commissioned for a total of three covers for JUNO Magazine, an incredible honour. 

In 2022 I was commissioned by Kate Brennan-Harding Productions for a podcast series with RTE Jr called ‘Someone Like Me‘,  a podcast featuring children and young people from Ireland, who have something unique they want to share with the world. Kate Brennan-Harding is joined every week by a different child who will meet and interview a grown-up that is a bit like them.  

In September 2020 my first book ‘In Her Shoes’ was published with New Island Books. In this book, I tell my story of coming to Ireland and the creating of one of the largest grassroots campaigns for repealing the 8th Amendment. The book contains 32 anonymous contributing stories, highlighting the desperate need for autonomy in healthcare.  It is my hope that this book honours the women that have shared their stories, and those that never could. It is my hope that this book inspires action in places where abortion is criminalized. 

A donation of €1 from all book sales with New Island will be donated to Women’s Aid Ireland.

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Women gather naturally… 

When our history isn’t important enough for men to write it down in ink, we take to needle and thread, sewing ourselves into the quilts for our daughters and sons, telling stories in embroidery. When our histories are not safe to voice aloud, we ensure they are folded in the hems of skirts, sharp daggers tucked in hats. We will not go silently. We write our own history into legislation, into the Dail, in poems and books, in music and art. Our stories keep us alive. 

                                        …we wait. For centuries, we wait. 

In 2019 I was selected among other artists for Galway 2020 European  Capital of Culture Generation 20 Project.  

‘Generation 20 is a photo and interview series focusing on the new wave of artists in Galway. With each interview and portrait, we aim to uncover their motivations, aspirations and frustrations. To get the full authentic picture and find their common link, bring them all together and into the light. How does their journey relate to Galway and where would they like to see it in 2020? We want to see the people in the budding stages of their expression, those that are quietly grafting and doing wonderful things.’

You can find the interview with Photographer Julia Monard here 

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