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Erik Bergrin
brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: I start with searching inside myself things that I would like to further explore. This is I use my practice as a form of investigating truths within myself, and therefore mirroring truths within other people. often in an abstract form that has to be materialized into a concrete idea. It could be a darkness within myself, the psychological idea behind why something was done, or a breakdown into whats happening in the mind during a certain time. In order to create anything, an enormous amount of mental energy has to be put into it. Investigation of the idea, how to make it come across, all the while questioning if your being sensitive enough to the materials. By putting this mental energy into something, the idea is worked and developed until an answer remains. By using these sensitivities, the goal is to create the most genuine and real sculptures that are possible. Once the viewer sees them, it can strike something inside, causing a change within themselves. Coming from a background in costume design and building, I use the materials and processes used in clothing construction to investigate the body sculpturally. Rather than divorcing the materials from their connection to the body in terms of clothing, I am inspired by the shapes that the body can provide as a base for the construction of objects. My work relates to the possibility of housing a person without giving that particular individual an identity. These works are formed as if surrounding a body, rather than mimicking or delineating the figure. My works acts as sculptural vessel for a potential body, rather than having the function of a wearable piece. I use materials as cultural symbols. Using fiber in its relation to tradition, and techniques such as weaving, coiling, sewing, and embroidery I am very interesting in the study of indigenous cultures and how they relate to my own The work is based in personal myth. I am inspired by narratives and experiences pertaining to human psychology, and the investigation of the mind. I make it very apparent that the hand is being used to make the pieces, showing the intimate process involved. I try and make my work as real, genuine, and with as little ego as possible in order to add some tenderness to the viewer. I see a lack of being in touch with yourself in contemporary American culture. This is the culture I was born into and live in and what I do is a reflection of this. The work is derived from the power and wish to give what I see the need for.
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  • CHAKRA Coffin
    2015
    Horsehair cloth, resin, boning, wool wax
    Piece 1 of a 9 piece series of fiber sculptures telling the ritualistic story of what happens when negative thoughts overtake the mind creating a mental hell.

  • Sage Coffin
    2015
    Wool, Sage, Cotton, Horsehair Cloth, boning,
    Piece 2 of a 9 piece series of fiber sculptures telling the ritualistic story of what happens when negative thoughts overtake the mind creating a mental hell.

  • Mandala Coffin
    2016
    Tibetan Singing Bowl, wood, wool, cotton, horsehair cloth, boning
    Piece 3 of a 9 piece series of fiber sculptures telling the ritualistic story of what happens when negative thoughts overtake the mind creating a mental hell.

  • Juanita
    2016
    jute rope, nails, boning, burlap, clay, teeth
    Piece 4 of a 9 piece series of fiber sculptures telling the ritualistic story of what happens when negative thoughts overtake the mind creating a mental hell.

  • Crematorium
    2016
    Wool, jute, cotton, metal, acrylic, thread
    Piece 5 of a 9 piece series of fiber sculptures telling the ritualistic story of what happens when negative thoughts overtake the mind creating a mental hell.

  • Cocoon (studio shot)
    2018
    Jute, dyed reed, wool, wood, velvet,
    Piece 6 of a 9 piece series of fiber sculptures telling the ritualistic story of what happens when negative thoughts overtake the mind creating a mental hell.

  • Rainbow Body 1
    2016
    Dyed reed, nylon thread, boning, horsehair cloth, cotton
    Piece 7 of a 9 piece series of fiber sculptures telling the ritualistic story of what happens when negative thoughts overtake the mind creating a mental hell.

  • Rainbow Body 2
    2017
    Dyed reed, nylon thread, boning, horsehair cloth, cotton, clay
    Piece 8 of a 9 piece series of fiber sculptures telling the ritualistic story of what happens when negative thoughts overtake the mind creating a mental hell.

  • Rainbow Body 3 (Studio Shot)
    2017
    Dyed reed, nylon thread, boning, horsehair cloth, cotton
    Piece 9 of a 9 piece series of fiber sculptures telling the ritualistic story of what happens when negative thoughts overtake the mind creating a mental hell.

  • The Cloak of Empty Experience
    2015
    Horsehair cloth, Boning, 35mm slides, lights,
    The name of the piece is The Cloak of Empty Experience. When displayed, the viewer is able to wear the cloak, put on a mask with opera glasses, stick their head in the satellite dish, and look up on t

  • The Cloak of Empty Experience
    2015
    Horsehair cloth, Boning, 35mm slides, lights,
    The name of the piece is The Cloak of Empty Experience. When displayed, the viewer is able to wear the cloak, put on a mask with opera glasses, stick their head in the satellite dish, and look up on t

  • Ronald McDonald KKK Hood
    2014
    cotton, thread, muslin, thread
    The whole idea behind these hoods are that people use masks to hide behind in order to avoid dealing with pain. Each hood represents something one develops attachment to because of this. Identificatio

  • Plastic Surgery KKK Hood
    2015
    latex, plastic
    The whole idea behind these hoods are that people use masks to hide behind in order to avoid dealing with pain. Each hood represents something one develops attachment to because of this. Identificatio

  • Cigarette KKK Hood
    2014
    cotton, thread, cigarette butts,
    The whole idea behind these hoods are that people use masks to hide behind in order to avoid dealing with pain. Each hood represents something one develops attachment to because of this. Identificatio

  • Wood and Nail KKK Hood
    2015
    wood and nails
    The whole idea behind these hoods are that people use masks to hide behind in order to avoid dealing with pain. Each hood represents something one develops attachment to because of this. Identificatio

  • Gang KKK Hood
    2015
    cotton, muslin, thread, pearls
    The whole idea behind these hoods are that people use masks to hide behind in order to avoid dealing with pain. Each hood represents something one develops attachment to because of this. Identificatio

  • The Sad Cocoon
    2014
    Buckrum, thread, felt, boning, fosshape
    The cocoon is embroidered with a brick pattern and scenes embedded on the outside to show the reason why the person is hiding in the cocoon. It is because of pain. The felt drips on the outside are th

  • The Sad Cocoon
    2014
    Buckrum, thread, felt, boning, fosshape
    The cocoon is embroidered with a brick pattern and scenes embedded on the outside to show the reason why the person is hiding in the cocoon. It is because of pain. The felt drips on the outside are th

  • The Sad Cocoon
    2014
    Buckrum, thread, felt, boning, fosshape
    Embroidered scene from the sad cocoon The cocoon is embroidered with a brick pattern and scenes embedded on the outside to show the reason why the person is hiding in the cocoon. It is because of pai

  • The Sad Cocoon
    2014
    Buckrum, thread, felt, boning, fosshape
    The cocoon is embroidered with a brick pattern and scenes embedded on the outside to show the reason why the person is hiding in the cocoon. It is because of pain. The felt drips on the outside are th
 








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