Artist Erika Harrsch is the 2014 School of the Arts Visiting Artist in Residence. She is relocating to Reno from New York City for the spring semester and will be a full-time presence in the Department of Art and the school. Born in Mexico City, Harrsch has lived and worked in Mexico, Italy, Germany and in New York since 2001. Her multidisciplinary art practice employs resources that include drawing, painting, photography, video, animation and installations as a scenario building based on elements in both artificial and natural environments. Presenting intimate aspects of the human condition, inviting and seducing the viewer to evidence their direct contact with reality through the sense perception. For more than six years, Harrsch researched with an entomologist and immersed herself in the world of Lepidoptera. She has used butterflies in her work as a metaphor to address matters of identity, gender, nationality, migration and the relationship of human beings upon their own nature and fragility. These visual metaphors could be perceived through a plurality of perspectives, crossing and blurring boundaries to achieve a poetic image.
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