Erin Jane Nelson’s art practice is grounded in photography sourced from her personal archive of found and original images. She often works serially, with each project delving into new conceptual frameworks as far ranging as regional histories of the Southern barrier islands, formative personal relationships, spirituality as a process of mourning and healing, and science fiction narratives. Raised in the U.S. South and based in Atlanta, Nelson travels throughout the region to photograph her surroundings and lived experiences. She intuitively merges these images onto unexpected support structures—including silk, hand-crafted quilts, panels, and ceramic inspired by vernacular craft objects and the history of collage—their multiple references engaging the nuanced anxiety, conflict, and humor of the present moment and immediate future.

Notable Solo Exhibitions

One Entanglement Under Clouds at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (Atlanta, 2021)

Resting Spore at DOCUMENT (Chicago, 2020)

Her Deepness at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta, 2019)

Dylan at Hester (New York, NY)

Notable Group Exhibitions

2021 Triennial: Soft Water Hard Stone at New Museum (New York, 2021-22)

Winterfest: An Exhibition of Arts and Crafts at Aspen Art Museum (Aspen, 2020-21)

Between the Waters at Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2018)

Other.wordly at Fries Museum (Leeuwarden, 2020)

Le Dandy des gadoue at La Galerie, centre d’art contemporain (Noisy-le-Sec, 2019)

Photography Today: Public Private Relations at Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich, 2018)

Public Collections Include

Fries Museum (Leeuwarden)Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (Atlanta)

Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)


She has been featured in The New York Times, Frieze, Forbes Magazine, Hyperallergic and Cultured Magazine, among others.

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Shekinah, 2019, cotton pigment print, cyanotype, found photograph, wool felt, glazed stoneware, and found fabric on panel, 38 × 35 in