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. The rigidity of the pigments and ground is destroyed by wetness. Amidst these destabilized boundaries forms emerge, all the while appearing to move towards dissolution. Through air dried ceramic works painted with water based media, figures are returned to the third dimension. The push/pull between deliberate and unintentional movement is highlighted and savored. In this liquidity the my relationship to and physical use of medium has become content.
Water, as medium, is uniquely qualified to engage in myth-making; specifically myths in which mutability and vulnerability are venerated as forms of pride and power. Hybrid figures (female/animal/environmental/other) reside comfortably within these new worlds. Responding directly to the medium which they are created, both figure and environment appear to be straddling control and mayhem. Each piece resides on a threshold - a merging point of interiority and intersubjectivity, of intimacy and menace, of desire solicited and desire articulated, of private internal 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 Jentel Foundation, 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.