Artist Statement & Bio

Consider me an emotional ethnographer - I study vernacular photography of and by woman-identified figures in order to reach a deeper emotional understanding of my own womanhood. I seek records of emotional and physical experience where subjects are momentarily, perhaps involuntarily, bared. I am drawn to figures struggling between control and mayhem: a condition I identify with.

I translate this imagery onto paper and canvas using raw organic pigments and water - sea snails, lapis, poppies, saffron. I savor the push/pull between deliberate and unintentional movement. Forms emerge yet appear to move towards dissolution. The colors shoot from their vials - the brush, the pigments and the figures precede me. Through ceramic works the figure returns to the third dimension. In this liquidity I sense myself in relation to the source materials; my physical use and relationship to medium has become subject matter.

The work resides on a perpetual threshold - a merging point of interiority and intersubjectivity, of intimacy and menace, of desire solicited and desire articulated, of 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.