ART & DESIGN

Inside Erin M. Riley’s Sex and Tapestry-Filled Brooklyn Studio

Erin Riley

The grooming and maintenance often required to be seen as sexy are realities most people would rather sweep under the rug, but the artist Erin M. Riley has a different approach: Instead, she blows them up into massive tapestries, some of them taking up to 600 hours to make. Many are now on display at Brooklyn’s Brilliant Champions Gallery in her new solo show, “18/bi/f/ma,” which she explained is about “the idea that we hide all the things women go through that are hidden, but if communicated would explain a lot about how we interact with men, and how we’re dealing with our partners.” Take an unvarnished look inside her Brooklyn studio, here.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.

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Inside Erin M. Riley’s studio. Photo by Brad Ogbonna.