About Erica Whiting

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Combining abstract compositions with questions of identity and mortality my work is a combination of X-rays, bones and nature. By drawing from observation I explore the human experience of survival and push the boundaries of realism. My oil paintings are reminiscent of elevated medical illustrations suggesting themes of the human condition depicted as twisted bones, skulls and portraits combined with nature. I exaggerate shapes, lines and angles to create motion in my composition; and exaggerate non-local color, not trying to paint bones or flesh the way it is observed.

I have always been fascinated with portraits and bones, embracing the abstraction of the human form. Georgia O’Keefe and Frida Kahlo were early influencers of my work; I identified with their personal struggles as both artists and women. As a survivor of rape and domestic abuse I started focusing internally on how to express the damage. I wanted to map out the roadmap to healing while documenting the marks left behind. What better way to celebrate survival then with our body’s strongest support system – the skeletal system. I look for ways to push contrast in my work and treasure everything people have overcome. I want to celebrate the human struggle and our victories. Painting allows me to say with gestures and brush strokes what cannot be said aloud.


As a child I drew on anything I could get my hands on, from the offering envelopes at church to the walls in my bedroom. After discovering that Sharpie is both permanent, and NOT removable from bathroom linoleum, my parents quickly enrolled me in every art class available. 

I grew up in our local museum learning to love the smell of the exhibits. When I wasn't taking classes, my mother taught me ceramics and gave me my first camera. I sculpted clay cities and creatures out of my imagination and photographed the world from my small perspective. Now I paint anatomical abstractions and teach art to inner city children.

Email me to find out about commissioning artwork, upcoming gallery exhibitions, purchase information on existing works or just drop me a note to say hello!


EXHIBITIONS

Photography Exhibit, PACA | Erie, PA 2016
1000 Beers | Erie, PA, 2015
Pointe Foure Vintage Boutique, Fall Symposium | Erie, PA, 2015
Annual Arts & Drafts Fest, Brewerie | Erie, PA, 2015
Attack of the PACA 3D | Erie, PA, 2015
Campbell’s Lily Juried Exhibition | Cambridge Springs, PA, 2015
Bayfront Gallery | Erie, PA, 2014
ArmErie 1913, Bayfront Gallery | Erie, PA2014
LECOM, The Art of Healing | Erie, PA2014
Best of 2013, Urraro Gallery | Erie, PA, 2014
Picasso’s The Art of Food | Erie, PA, 2013
Urraro Gallery, Kuntz-Whiting Exhibit, featured artist |  Erie, PA, 2013
Annual Arts & Drafts Fest, Brewerie | Erie, PA, 2013                 
Steel City Picture Framing | Pittsburgh PA, 2010
Songs of My Soul: A Story of Empowerment Through Art and Music(A Benefit for Boro Women’s Services with Singer/Songwriter Anne Deming), Eclectic Etcetera’s | Edinboro, PA, 2010  
Hanging Together Again: Millcreek Art Educators, Schuster Art Gallery, Gannon University | Erie, PA, 2010
Modern Discharge, PACA | Erie, PA, 2006
Gallery Viewing, Eclectic Etcetera’s Coffee House | Edinboro, PA, 2004                                                                                                                                           


PUBLICATIONS

ArmErie Show Bayfront Gallery, 2014, by Robert Hagle   


COMMISSIONS

Caring for the Children Second Annual Art Auction: PACA, Erie, PA, 2013
Kite, Koi, Blue Jay, and Organic Series in collaboration with Megan White: Achievement Center, Erie, PA, 2011–2012                  


Art Educator - Pennsylvania
Children's Art Instructor - Erie Art Museum
Curator,
“ATTACK OF THE PACA 3-D”, 
PACA