Artist Statement

Curriculum Vitæ

Erica Schreiner is an experimental video and performance artist. Based in New York City, she shoots on VHS, while performing before the camera. Erica creates allegorical, ethereal video art that combines feminist and anarchistic themes, ritual and sensuality. Manipulating existing objects, or building sets to perform in and film, Erica creates surreal, intimate worlds on VHS video, employing her clearly defined style.

Erica received a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Portland. Once in New York, she attended the School of Visual Arts Lens and Screen Art’s Residency Program, and went on to study performance art under the direction of Marina Abramović.

Erica Schreiner has completed more than 90 performative video art pieces, two feature films and several music videos. In 2021, Erica received a New York City Artist Corps Grant for her second feature film, The Special People.

Erica’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and film festivals, including MoMA PS1, The Bill Hodges Gallery in NYC, Nick Knight's SHOWstudio in London, The Portland Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and The Berlin Underground Film Festival.

Erica published two books of short stories, Hellos & Goodbyes (2009) and Arrows (2015) Illustrated by Nyssa Frank. In 2018, Blue Pear Projects released a book of her poetry entitled: The Plastic Sea. Her novella, The Greatest History of Life was released in 2019 with Mad Gleam Press. In 2021, Themselves Press released a chapbook of Erica's video stills entitled The World.

In addition, Erica hosted and ran Living Volume, an open mic in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood. She is also founder and director of Marietta Magazine, a printed periodical that explores and documents experimental video and performance art. In 2019, she ran The Analog Cinema, an underground performance venue.

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