Artist Statement & Bio
I am drawn to figures that suggest a struggle between control and mayhem: a condition I identify with. The color shoots over the page - the brush, the pigment and the figures precede me. I can’t catch up - they are in front of me. Water destroys the rigidity of the pigments and ground. Amidst these destabilized boundaries forms emerge, all the while appearing to move towards dissolution. I savor the push/pull between deliberate and unintentional movements.
This heightened liquidity allows me to sense myself in relation to the paintings and my source materials. It is a perpetual threshold state - the merging point of intimacy and menace, interiority and intersubjectivity, desire solicited and desire articulated, private moments generated from Internet searches and physical encounters with paint. My relationship with process and final resolution are intertwined.
In her painting practice Loren Erdrich explores our shifting notions of desire through particular attention to agency, emotion and the senses. She 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.