Featured in our current show i must be a mermaid
Herrington creates mixed media paintings which oscillate between the representational and the abstract. Her amorphous forms are familiar; water, spheres, lines, indistinguishable from afar, resembling eggs, ropes or teardrops upon closer inspection. Each nestles among intricately rendered lines with delicate strands wrapping bodies and floating across the surface. These complex figures and autonomous threads emulate ropes, knots, spider webs, tree branches and gnarled roots. They protrude and gather, forming tumescent lumps bound by cords revealing their backgrounds through nests of negative space. These mark-makings and forms display a synchronized rhythm; they resonate and hover in ambiguous spaces.
In several of her newer paintings female figures are depicted in the vicinity of some portal- a door, a cocoon, a window or the transparency of the surface. It is not always clear whether the figures are attempting to escape, trespassing or simply fantasying of the impending freedom of transformation.