Smokey Hustling Artwork by Eric Erekson

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New Media: Paint, Digital, Wood on Wood.

Mixed media on wood panel mounted on cradle.

Our understanding of our own bodies is the armature on which people build an identity. Even though on a cellular level we all border on an identical existence, people find purpose in the fractional differences that identify them as individuals. An ongoing barrage of influences and decisions can cause us to question those fractional differences. The dystopian tendencies of the contemporary world force our relationships with our bodies into instability and change.

These relationships are fickle and ever changing. We grow into them through our upbringing in common human activity (such as eating, breathing, and sex), and by living in societies with norms and taboos for about how to be and how to do. These normative approaches to natural behavior have evolved over time. Because of the cultural and historical baggage we carry on our backs, our approaches to everyday life provide vestigial evidence of ways people have lived and believed through the past and into the present.

My work explores how we can see the relationships between our bodies and our identities—in particular I explore the Real and Ideal.



Smokey Hustling

Eric Erekson

United States

New Media

Size: 24 W x 24 H x 2 in

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