Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
I create conceptual drawings, collages, sculptures, and installations to humorously destabilize and ultimately question how human language, formal methodologies, and social institutions function. While seemingly embracing an aesthetic of rationality, I undermine it with absurdity. In my work, I take a fundamentally dialectical position by skewering the rational to the illogical as neither can exist without the other.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Erickson, Ryan, "The Feeling of Foam & Other Essays" (2021). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 148. https://doi.org/10.7936/ftbh-9s16.
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As an artist, I am not in the business of constructing meaning. I juxtapose signifiers and render them incoherent by maintaining a highly refined, systematic presentation in my drawings, collages, sculptures, and installations. By doing so, I disrupt the logical flow of thought with abrupt moments of absurdity. In my work, I skewer the rational to the illogical to destabilize and ultimately question how language, methodologies, and social institutions function.