My recent paintings express the hums and beats of small worlds writ large. I build each painting with remnants of the detritus of my daily experiences. Liquid conduits and synapses connect and ooze through paint and water networks like blood cells and heartbeats. Delicate and brusque marks and sprays are applied in response to external and internal atmospheric rhythms. The challenge is to manifest this information visually. Like pages from a journal each artwork is an exercise in pushing paint around to articulate a time capsule on canvas.
Erika Ranee received her MFA/painting from UC/Berkeley. She is the recipient of an AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum, and was granted artist residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She was an AIRspace resident at Abrons Arts Center/2009 and was awarded a studio grant from The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation/2011. Her work has been exhibited widely in New York: at the Bronx Museum, in The Last Brucennial, BravinLee Programs, David & Schweitzer Contemporary and at the Southampton Arts Center. In the summer of 2018 her work was featured in concurrent groups shows at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA; at Lesley Heller Gallery, at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery and Freight+Volume—as well as two concurrent solo exhibitions at Ground Floor Gallery and BRIC/Project Room. In 2019 her work was featured in a group show at Wild Palms in Dusseldorf, Germany. In 2021 she showed with Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, followed by two solo exhibitions at Keyes Art Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY and at Freight + Volume in NYC. In June 2021 she was awarded her second New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Painting. She works in New York.