Erickson; Crows Just Want to Have Fun copy

Shirley Erickson

Metal Sculpture and Painting Artist

“I celebrate oppositions with form and content. I’m enthralled with positive and negative, transparent and opaque, massive and delicate, reflective and dull, the balance between the sexes, nature and man, the physical and mental experience, effort and effect. My sculptures are metaphors for life. Events and the world around me are my motivation. I enjoy the challenges of visual communication.

In a effort to understand the cycles of life and the bigger picture, I examine our perceptions of reality and explore the connotations of materials. Delving deeper than what appears on the surface, I recycle to make something beautiful from something discarded. The materials fit the meaning. Steel is perceived to be strong, but it will rust and eventually, return to the earth. Glass is supposedly fragile, it may break, but it does not go away.

My art is an opened dialogue. Each sculpture is a piece in a puzzle that is my life; my fantasies, desires, fears and revelations. Imagination is the answer. My work helps me to continue to ask the questions.”