About Erik


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My life has been bathed in art.

I grew up in the Manhattan suburbs immersed in the city’s art culture. My parents filled their “museum” home with Hopi masks, paintings, and antiquarian books, and I spent hours thumbing through my grandmother’s Life magazines, with their black-and-white World War II photographs. It’s hardly surprising that I am an artist today.

Although I took art courses at Rutgers University, my training is mostly informal. That includes 40 summers on Cape Cod, where the ocean, both serene and untamable, has been integral to my photographic explorations of inner worlds. One of those projects, Imaginary Timescapes, examines time through myth, memories, and dreams.

Today, my photography integrates a range of techniques and materials, though I still shoot primarily in black and white. I am interested in art that brings something from the inside out, rather than making observations of the outside world. It’s a process that demands a deep exploration of states of mind, mystery, and mythology.

I have two daughters and four grandchildren. I am also a proud member of ArtSpace Maynard, a collective of more than 80 practicing studio artists in Maynard, Massachusetts, where I now live.

My current project, “She Learned to Smile Later”, a novella, is a step in a new direction. This extensive endeavor requires a narrative line that tells a story employing visual metaphors and challenges my ability to apply color as an emotional device. Technically, this series veers from my usual black-and-white palette, incorporating color as an emotional metaphor for the young woman’s journey. The images include studio and outdoor shots, silhouette and costume construction, hand-drawn images and glyphs, scaled models, Photoshop blending, and even found photos from antique shops.

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