Ingrid Erickson at Nature Art Gallery in Raleigh

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Nature Art Gallery presents naturalist artist Ingrid Erickson.

Both artists and scientists are “askers” of life’s important questions.  My work spans the intersection of art and science through the investigation of specific species and ecosystems—I think of myself as a “cut paper naturalist.” In my artwork, I explore the ornithology, botany and ecology of ecosystems. I enjoy working with and learning from scientists. Each piece is individually hand cut using an X-acto knife and scissors, with up to several thousand tiny cuts per piece. I add color after cutting is complete using up to 20 layers of light-fast acrylic spray paint.  

I would describe my creative process as “immersive.” Each project involves extensive research.  I work from life, as well as from natural history collections and specimens, radiographs, and my own photographs and video taken on-site.  Recent partner organizations include The Field Museum, Chicago, NC State Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, The Carolina Raptor Center, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD, the International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin, and The Duke Lemur Center.

Artist Bio

Ingrid Erickson’s work in cut paper reflects the intersection of art and science. She explores the ornithology, botany, and ecology of ecosystems through the transformative rendering of specific species. Each project involves extensive on-site research.  She recently completed a course in Bird Biology from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and is active in Citizen Science. The recipient of two North Carolina Arts & Science Council Artist Project Grants, Erickson frequently collaborates with scientists and science/natural history museums.  Recent community partners include The Duke Lemur Center, the Field Museum, Chicago, and Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD.

Erickson has enjoyed working with students aged four to adult as an artist-in-residence and teacher in a variety of settings.  These include NC and TX public and private schools, community college continuing education programs, museums, preschools, and programs for gifted and talented youth and shelter guests.  Erickson earned Studio Art/Art History degrees from Middlebury College in Vermont, a K-12 Art Education degree from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and taught in Asia for several years.

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