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. Whether it be clay, paper or fabric - the rigidity of the pigment, medium and ground is destroyed by the water. 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 space where softness and vulnerability are celebrated as forms of pride and power. I lean towards moments which dissolve the separation between outside and inside, me and you, this world and the other-worldly. Hybrid figures (female/animal/environment/other) find a comfortable foothold here. Each piece resides on a threshold - a merging point of interiority and intersubjectivity, of desire solicited and desire articulated, of existence and extinction.
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 Proto Gomez and Field Projects in New York and Wasserman Projects in Detroit. Erdrich frequently collaborates with the poet Sierra Nelson, coauthoring the award winning I Take Back the Sponge Cake (published by Rose Metal Press). She holds a MFA from the Burren College of Art at the National University of Ireland, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Erdrich lives and works in New York, NY.