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Artist Statement

As an experimental multi-media artist, I struggle to define this thing I do. I know it’s a bold statement, but I will say, I believe my art is genre breaking. I repurpose old technology, reminiscent of 80’s home movies, to create sophisticated, avant-garde video art pieces which I write, shoot, edit and perform in, for the  most part, entirely myself. I build my own sets. I’ll make an entire forest out of cardboard just to shoot for a 20 seconds.
There is not a separation between my personal life and my art. The art comes from my experience and though I’ll often tell my stories through a veil of symbols or poetry, it’s me. My art is a reflection of one person’s experience in this world.
That being said, I enjoy playing in my art! I’ve created a very specific world in which I’m totally free. My ideas and definitions of love, God, society and the universe are always changing, and thus so do the themes in my work and my approach to those themes. I explore: technology, life and birth, death and destruction, the afterlife, the artist’s experience, psychological disorders, the supernatural, meaning and struggle of life and of course, love.
I’m inspired by video art and cinema from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Some of my favorite inspirations are Andy Warhol, Věra Chytilová, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Chantal Ackerman, Maya Deren, Remedios Varo, and Wynne Greenwood.
I experiment through symbolic storytelling. I want to find ways to talk about content that is very real-- authentically, while making it magic. I want to talk about something serious and be funny about it-- to take something heavy like death and make it sparkle.
Since 2002, I’ve been making performative video art pieces. Before that, I was a painter. As a child, I used to go around proclaiming that I was an artist. In the small town of Grants Pass, Oregon, no one in my family knew any artists. I didn’t choose to be an artist. I was so young-- I don’t know how I could have known what an artist’s life would entail. In that sense, it chose me. I’ve just chosen to bow and succumb completely. While being an artist is difficult, it’s also the thing that keeps me alive. I love this life.