Erica Rosenfeld: Art can save people’s lives

Erica Rosenfeld left yesterdabest_IIy. She was here for a week and so very present in the studios, with the students, that it will be very strange to go into the studio and not find her working.

Some things I learned about Erica from her lecture:

1. She loves to cook. We saw images of dumplings that Michiko taught her to make, a PizzaTaco courtesy of her friend Matt, a gorgeous salad with edamame, goat cheese, and radishes, and a rather odd shot of a roasted turkey wearing bacon bracelets.

2. She has a sweet dog (also referred to as her roommate) named Birdie. Those of you who know me know that having a dog brings high marks in my book.

3. She collects prison art and showed an image of an amazing box made out of cigarette boxes. I need to ask her for an image of that.

4. One of her favorite museums? The American Visionary Museum in Baltimore. I’ve never been there so I just added it to my list.

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5. She is drawn to outsider art and described her fascination with “what people make when they’re not thinking about art as a commodity and they are working with limited resources.” Some of her favorite outsider artists: James Harold Jennings, Tim Duncan, Dalton Ghetti, and Judith Scott.

6. She believes that art can save people’s lives. I agree.

Erica Rosenfeld

Erica Rosenfeld

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Erica Rosenfeld

I’m going to miss Erica and her awesome Hot Shop chicken-cooking demos (perhaps she will make tofu on her next visit?), amazingly crazy-beautiful eggshell pieces, and her incredible spirit, warmth, and generosity.

– Sharyn O’Mara

Our Next Visiting Artist: ERICA ROSENFELD Lecture and Demo this Wednesday 27 February

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Erica Rosenfeld 2007 – 2010
Fulton Street 1am
Fused, hot-worked, carved and sewn glass with seed beads, wire mesh and fabric
30” x 1.5” x 33”

Erica Rosenfeld will be at Tyler starting this Wednesday, February 27. She is the fourth artist in The Laurie Wagman Visiting Artist Series in Glass at Tyler School of Art and she will be here for a full week. In addition to a public lecture (1.30pm in 121) and demo (Hot Shop), she will be talking with several of the undergrad classes and giving demos specific to the course. I love the range of Erica’s work – from jewelry to amazing glass tapestries to performance as a member of The Burnt Asphalt Family. Here’s her bio:

Erica Rosenfeld lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  She uses glass, beads, fabric, food and found objects to create her work. Aside from her sculpture, installations and performances, she has a line of jewelry and functional glass. Through all of these disciplines she seeks to make work that expresses time, conveys history, and serves as a means to preserve perceived memory. Her wearable art acts as models for her larger scale work; her sculpture becomes a memory of its smaller counterpart.

Erica is a founding member of The Burnt Asphalt Family, an artists’ collective whose mission is to create unique, performance-based “installations” that reinvent objects and redefine the relationships of audience and performer, observer and participant. “Each installation activates its space at the crossroads between art, craft, and design, through innovative techniques like hot-glass cooking demonstrations, shared meals and edible sculptures.”

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Erica Rosenfeld, detail

Erica has taught at Urban Glass, The Corning Museum and Worchester Center for Crafts; she has been a visiting artist at University of the Arts, Pratt University and University of Louisville. Her work is included in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design and The Museum of American Glass.  Erica also has been featured in various publications including The New York Times,  Glass Magazine, New York Magazine and American Craft.  Her work is shown internationally in galleries, museums, and stores.

Like all of our visiting artist presentations, Erica’s lecture and demo are open to the public.

– Sharyn O’Mara

Erica Rosenfeld and Jes Julius perform / The Burnt Asphalt Family

Erica Rosenfeld and Tyler Asst. Professor Jes Julius, members of The Burnt Asphalt Family, perform at Pittsburgh Glass Center