We had the good fortune of connecting with Evie Erickson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have pursued an artistic career because creating and making is second nature to me. My art synthesizes my interests, my surroundings, my thoughts, and my views. It all goes in there. I feel most fulfilled as a human being when I am in my studio making art. In these extremely faced-paces times where images go by in seconds with a flick of the finger, it is my hope to give the viewer an opportunity to slow down and contemplate my work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In my artwork I utilize materials that would typically be used to decorate or create a home, like wallpaper and fabric. I also use materials associated with domestic crafts, like sewing patterns instructions and sequins. These items, that are mostly sourced from local thrifts stores, are used in my collages to depict natural forms abstractly. My work is grounded in the Pattern and Decoration Movement that began in the 1970s and thus I have adopted the term femmage, coined by the movement’s members, to describe my work. With the work I make, I pay homage and bring attention to femmage or artwork that has always been done in the home, historically by women. By using craft methodologies and fine art techniques I am blurring the line between domestic crafts and fine art. For me, it is an exciting and challenging place to be in. For example, I might functionally use the sewing machine to attach a scrap of fabric to a piece of paper and at the same time create a line with this stitching, like I would with a drawn pencil line or fine brush stroke. Recently, I was selected to be a member of the Los Angeles Art Association at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles and show work in their group exhibitions. You can inquire about my art there.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live and work in Long Beach and during these socially challenging times I like to keep it local. My favorite area to hang out in is 4th Street’s Retro Row. There are many eclectic shops to visit. I get inspired by the vintage stores, like Meow and I love to hunt for treasures at the Assistance League Thrift and Vintage. In the same area there is the Artistic Edge Frame Shop that shows local artists and Flux art space on Termino Avenue that currently has work on view through the storefront window (which I have been known to post on my Instagram Stories). As things begin to open, I look forward to being back at the beautiful Long Beach Museum of Art’s openings and events. Until then, my favorite thing to do is walk along the Belmont Shore beach path at sunset with the silhouettes of downtown, the Queen Mary and San Pedro in view against a fiery orange sky. Then perhaps, head up Redondo to Broadway and stop in at The Library Coffee for a hot tea and a delicious slice of lemon cake. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this shoutout to Robert L. Pincus for his interest in my artwork and his support of its uniqueness. Robert is an art critic, writer, and was my Writing for Artists instructor in graduate school. During class, he brought a light-heartedness and enthusiasm to my week with his anecdotes about the artists he has met and interviewed over the years. He was the art critic for the San Diego Tribune for 25 years and a critic for the Los Angeles Times, so if Robert saw value in my work, then I knew I was on to something. This really built up my confidence to do what I do and make what I make. His encouragement and kind words are never ending and I am truly grateful to have him in my corner. I would also like to recognize my Cal State Long Beach graduate school committee. Going back to graduate school after a substantial break in my education was challenging, to say the least, and I want to thank them for their part in this chapter of my life. My committee chair, Daniel Dove for always having my back and for being my “go to” for honest constructive criticism. Marie Thibeault for imparting her love of color to me and helping me to hone my art teaching skills. Diedrick Brackens for sharing his wisdom about art and life and his sincere support of my artistic journey.
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