My work is about survival. It is not possible to pass through a life and not mark it in some way. Every encounter or choice makes us who we are. Whether it’s our choice or someone else’s. X-Rays are used to deconstruct the perceived identities we create for ourselves; mapping the fabric of existence. My work pushes the boundaries of external and internal support systems and explores the survival instinct onto canvas and paper.
The process embodies elements of painting, printmaking and mixed media in an effort to capture the multi-dimensionality of identity. Each mark is a visceral approach derived from a conscious choice to capture raw emotional knowledge in a tangible state.
Erica Whiting is a visual artist and native of Erie, Pennsylvania. She graduated in 2003 with a BFA in graphic design and a Minor in Art History from Edinboro University. She returned in 2008 for her Teaching Certification in Art Education where she had the honor of being Edinboro Art Department’s Mock Interviewee Representative.
In 2012 Erica was commissioned by the Achievement Center to complete a series of collage paintings. She collaborated with mural artist Megan White on concept and design. Together they created 12 paintings for client therapy and waiting rooms; they are textural, vibrant and meant to be touched in order to appeal to children with special needs.
Her work has been displayed in local galleries and shows, including the Faculty Show at Gannon Schuster Library, 1505 State Street, and Eclectic Etcetera’s. Erica’s work has been influenced by experiences of domestic abuse, violence and rape; in 2010 Erica collaborated with Eclectic Etcetera’s Coffee House and folk singer Anne Deming for “Songs of My Soul, A Story of Empowerment through Art and Music.” A portion of the proceeds went to the Boro Women’s Services.
Art has been a lifelong passion, inspired early by gestural drawings and character designs by Walt Disney. As the years progressed Erica applied and was accepted into the art program at Mcdowell High School then later into the Fine Arts program at Edinboro University. Her courses on anatomy of the human figure began sparked an interest for her current body of X-Ray based inspired paintings and prints.
She enhanced her printmaking knowledge while student teaching with Bob Werder at her alma mater, McDowell Intermediate High School. While she has been professionally trained as an artist she has been nearly completely self- taught as a painter. Her simple creative philosophy comes from her former Professor Bob Conlon “Don’t take it out on yourself, take it out on the canvas.” Her intuitive technique is influenced by Georgia O’Keefe and strengthened by a strong color palette and graphic lines.
Currently she works at Montessori Regional Charter School as a Peace Room Coordinator working with behavioral issues. Erica occasionally substitutes for the art teacher and most recently assisted with the framing and curating of the MRCS Annual Spring Show. She helped with the completion of the Kids as Curator’s exhibit for the Erie Art Museum. In 2013 she donated an original print "When You Turned Away" to the Caring for the Children Art Auction.