Artist Statement & Bio
Water 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.
Responding directly to the medium which they are created, both figure and environment appear to be straddling control and mayhem. In this liquidity 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 world. Each piece resides on a threshold - a merging point of intimacy and menace, of person and place, of the here and the hereafter, of desire solicited and desire articulated, of interiority and intersubjectivity.
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 exhibition sites include 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.