Today is my friend Eric's birthday. He is also an object maker (and a painter, drawer, trickster, snow camper, and marvelous maker of anything ranging from waterproof jackets to loincloths). I've been thinking a lot about visiting him and his wife Yoonmi in Kansas soon. They aren't that far away but sometimes they feel like they really are. In my quest to make distance shorter & to feel slightly closer, this blog post will have to do.
From Eric's artist statement: "Figures, part-beast and part-human, struggle to regain a sense of identity, support and control within sensual, exuberant, violent, and/or co-dependent relationships. The works often contain narratives that deal with a coming to terms with past actions taken or current events not easily forgotten. Heaps of figures are mixed-up, entangled, disfigured and forced into co-dependent communities, fragile structures where there is potential for reconciliation and collapse."
Anthropomorphology, 120" x 48" x 96"
Horse Head, 15" x 15" x 15"
Last Night 2, 30" x 39"
Last Night 2, Detail
This drawing is from a collaboration entitled Yesnomaybe with Eric Conrad, Yoonmi Nam & Kristi Arnold.