Artist Statement & Bio
Water, the ultimate disobeyer of boundaries, takes a primary material role in my process - synthetic and organic pigments and dyes are applied unbound, mixed solely with water, to paper, canvas and other fabrics. Forms return to the third dimension through air dried ceramic works painted with water based media. The rigidity of the pigments and ground is destroyed by the water - and amidst these destabilized boundaries forms emerge, all the while appearing to move towards dissolution. I savor the push/pull between deliberate and unintentional movements.
My relationship to and physical use of medium becomes content: water lends itself to a world where mutability and vulnerability are celebrated as forms of pride and power. Hybrid figures (female/animal/environmental/other) reside comfortably within this imagined present. I am on a quest for connection, a softening of the space between me and you, outside and inside. Each piece resides on a threshold - a merging point of interiority and intersubjectivity, of person and place, of desire solicited and desire articulated.
Loren Erdrich has been awarded residencies at the Jentel Foundation, Burren College of Art, Santa Fe Art Institute, thrice at Art Farm Nebraska, Sculpture Space and the Vermont Studio Center. Recent notable accomplishments include publication in ARTMAZE Mag's Autumn Issue 14, and exhibitions with Field Projects in New York and Wasserman Projects in Detroit. From 2008-2013 she exhibited globally as part of CultureLab Collective. Erdrich frequently collaborates with the poet Sierra Nelson, coauthoring the award winning I Take Back the Sponge Cake (published by Rose Metal Press) and an interactive poetic interpretation of the Tao de Ching funded by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Erdrich lives and works in New York, NY.