(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Linda Earle, executive director of the New York Arts Program, moderates a talk with artist Erika deVries — whose work is enjoying a solo exhibition, whathaslighttodowithdarkness, at the Hudson Opera House now through September 7, 2014 — on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 5pm.
DeVries, who recently moved to Saugerties from Brooklyn with the birth of her third child, creates works across disciplines. Her signature artworks in neon express a personal narrative of girlhood, womanhood, and subsequent motherhood with titles such as “Our Infinite Capacity for Love” and “For Goodness Sake”. Interconnectedness, change, ritual, healing, and gratitude are at the heart of the Prayer Flag series, consisting of 72 photographs made in deVries’ childhood home and the landscapes of California, the mountains of Northern India, and her current home with her children in the Catskills.
“I create works across disciplines out of a voraciousness and desire for a whole experience,” says deVries. “I have worked with internet-based projects, photography, performance, video, craft handiwork, radio, lenticular imaging, and sound. Connecting these processes meaningfully, sensually and visually models the personal connections and relationships I wish to make through the work and life-living.”
Erika deVries has lectured and exhibited internationally including: Halifax University, Nova Scotia Canada; Los Angeles Center For Photographic Studies; Point of View Gallery, Chicago, IL; Queens Theatre in the Park, NYC; the Aratoi Museum, NZ; Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects, NYC; Gemachtschule Universitaet Kassel, Germany; and most recently at the Gerduberg Culture Center in Reykjavik, Iceland. She is a full time faculty member of The Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts.
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