Artist Statement & Bio
I am an emotional ethnographer - one that welcomes subjectivity in order to reach a deeper understanding of my own womanhood. I am drawn to figures struggling between control and mayhem: a condition I identify with. I seek records of emotional and physical experience where subjects are momentarily, perhaps involuntarily, bared. Images are culled from internet searches of vernacular photography.
Translating this imagery onto paper and canvas using organic pigments - murex, lapis, poppies - I savor the push/pull between deliberate and unintentional movement. Forms emerge yet appear to move towards dissolution. Imagery returns to the third dimension through ceramics. In this liquidity I sense myself in relation to the source materials; my physical use of medium becomes subject matter. The work is a merging point of interiority and intersubjectivity, intimacy and menace, private moments and physical encounters with paint and clay.
Loren Erdrich creates works on paper and fabric using organic and water-based mediums, often incorporating sculpture and video into her methodology as needed. She has been awarded residencies at the Burren College of Art, Santa Fe Art Institute, thrice at Art Farm Nebraska, Sculpture Space and the Vermont Studio Center. From 2008-2013 Erdrich exhibited globally with CultureLab Collective. She currently collaborates with the poet Sierra Nelson, most recently co-authoring the lyrical pick-your-path book I Take Back the Sponge Cake (published by Rose Metal Press) and producing an interactive poetic interpretation of the Tao de Ching in Seattle. Erdrich lives and works in New York, NY.