Artist Biography & Statement
I began drawing, painting, and sculpting as a young child. I recently found the pleasure of making puppets in 2014, after making toys and games for my second grade classroom. I have always found puppetry enchanting, through the development of imaginative characters and worlds that can be achieved through set building, design, and performance.
I was raised on television shows like Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Fraggle Rock, and Sesame Street. These programs instilled a sense of wonder and imagination, along with important lessons in fairness and social justice, that I continue to integrate into my art and work as an early childhood teacher.
Through the creation and imagination of puppets, people (no matter what age) can access a world beyond the struggles of our own realities to foster joy, social consciousness, and reflection on our own daily life interactions.
Erica’s work is included in our current exhibition, Girls Club Art Show V. 2.0, July 10 through October 20, 2019.