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Erika Gehringer

 

About

Teacher, artist, traveler.

I currently teach Art at Haddonfield Middle School in Haddonfield, NJ. I studied painting and drawing at Ramapo College and graduated from the University of the Arts with my MAT in 2005.

In my recent work, I continue to explore lost or forgotten objects, which are overlooked, on a daily basis. As I started observing the world around me (but mostly at my feet), I noticed that there are so many blotches of unknown origin being trampled on. All those urban stains belonged to something or someone. Their shapes really interested me so I began photographing them and incorporating them into my current work. I like the idea of second chances and reinventing what is overlooked.

 My previous work relates to the transformational qualities of handwriting. I have always been fascinated by people's handwriting, in particular from people who are no longer with us. About two years ago, I started taking these handwriting samples and projecting them onto a canvas. I fell in love with the way that the writing would turn into an abstract representation. I enjoyed seeing the new shapes that were made by overlapping the words. I began to realize that I could take something that was filed away in a box and transform it into something new. In a way, I was giving new life to the lives we had lost.