My work explores the recollection of experiences I have had with architectural structures and spaces that are stimulating and powerful to me. I am fascinated with my personal memories of the meaningful occurrences I have within them and how they influence my artistic practice and daily life in a particular way. Through the progression of living and traveling to new places, I have become adept at orienting myself in foreign situations. I am curious as to how my recollection of seemingly insignificant architectural spaces morphs and changes in my memory according to these experiences I hold.
The reminisced happenings are translated into abstract ceramic objects and installations that evoke memory of architectural spaces. The installations suggest familiar places for viewers yet they hold an unknown specificity. Similar to my search for feelings of understanding as I encounter unique settings, I aim to stimulate curiosity, allowing viewers to find their own meaning in the environments I create.
— Erin Paradis
Erin Paradis is a ceramic installation artist that lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of Minnesota. After completing her BFA from Alfred University in 2008, she traveled to Portland, ME, Fort Collins, CO, and Asheville, NC, pursuing multiple ceramic opportunities in each location. She then moved to Minneapolis in 2012 to attend Graduate School at University of Minnesota. After completing her MFA in May 2015, she traveled to the Scottish Sculpture Workshop to complete an artist residency in September 2015. She then returned to Minneapolis and maintained a pop-up experimental gallery in South Minneapolis before her position at the U of M began.