Erin Shirreff was born in 1975 at Kelowna, in British Columbia, Canada. She currently lives and works in New York. Shirreff’s main interest is the distance between an object and the way it is represented. Through videos and photographs, she examines the possibility of interfering with the represented subject through a conscious use of the medium. More than just a simple way of documenting the object, the image – be it still or moving – is adapted to change the meaning or form of the object itself. In the film Lake (2012), starting with a scan of a photograph found in a 1970s tourist brochure, Shirreff makes changes to its colours. Her film shows the same place, with climactic and temporal changes: it is documentation, albeit with changes that never actually happened but were simply generated through the manipulation of a single photographic image.
Recent exhibitions dedicated to her work include those held at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2016), Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2015) and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York (2015). Her work was included in the exhibition ‘Voice of Images’ (2012-13) at Palazzo Grassi.