artist statement

 

Do we have the capacity to understand the complexity of the systems and dynamics within which we operate? Our world is composed of networks- biological, social, physical, and informational. As a former math and science teacher, cancer and sexual assault survivor, and community organizer, I find inspiration in the organic patterns that emerge all around us. I enjoy learning more about those who came before me, passing on what I’ve learned about printmaking to others, and slowly uncovering what it means to create socially-engaged art.

While earning my BFA, I learned traditional printmaking methods such as intaglio, lithography, screen printing, and wood and linoleum relief. I have come to understand the essence of printmaking to be the repetitive process of transferring data from an original matrix to another surface, which can include performance, sculpture, and installation as well as traditional methods.

Subjects of current interest include immigration and migration, the interaction of people with their environment, and maps and geography. I have a heightened awareness of these topics because my husband’s grandparents were Mexican immigrants, and because I’m the great-great granddaughter of Welsh immigrants. Living in Latin America from 2007-2009 and Michigan from 2009-2014 exposed me to different values and ways of being in community. Now that I’m back in my home state, I seek to connect with other artists and creators, continuing to deepen my artistic practice and share my passion for creative expression.

 

© 2012-2018 Erica Barajas

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