After receiving a bachelor’s degree in advertising design from Iowa State University, I moved to Minnesota and worked as a creative in the Twin Cities advertising industry. Shortly after retiring from advertising, a friend of mine started a business making functional items by quilting the plastic waste he was collecting. He asked me to help with branding and initial product development. Knowing that I liked to make stuff from whatever was lying around, he encouraged me to take his scraps home and see if I could make something out of them. I took the challenge.
Using this quilted plastic waste as my medium, my work deals with the effects of consumerism, mass consumption and unfettered capitalism; emphasizing our alienation from the environment and each other, our willingness to waste and the subsequent need to heal ourselves. By minimizing my carbon footprint in the creation of my pieces and transcending the medium without denying what it is, my art embodies Marshall McLuhan’s concept that “the medium IS the message.
See Erik's Art on YouTube:
Plasticize Me at Artistry in Bloomington mn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FGwFGzN7e0
Downstream Sacrifices at Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hopkins MN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FGwFGzN7e0