December 11, 2017 – February 2, 2018
TEAR: TORN is a collection of mixed media pieces by third year MFA Painting candidate Erica Hopkins.Employing collage, video, and photography the series exhibits the journey of self-discovery, defining “ecstasy” through the act of tearing in relationship to being torn. By collaging fragments of papers and photographs of everyday life, the series becomes an action of reconstructing chaos in the confinement of square panels. Buried in the layers of tearing, madness is brought to order, forming a portrait of the artist.
About the Artist
Erica Hopkins is an artist originally from Anchorage, Alaska. She has a BA in Art History, with an extensive background in theatre and music. While working on her undergraduate degree, she began creating her own art to better understand those she studied. Her work utilizes the various mediums of painting, alternative photography, mixed media, video, and sound art to explore themes of identity, psychology, beauty, and destruction. She is currently an MFA Visual Arts candidate in Painting at George Mason University.
Interested in learning more about the themes in this exhibition? See our Library Resources, a selection of books and readings hand-picked by the artist and Fenwick Gallery curators.