Artist Talk - Erik Waterkotte
The School of Art’s First Friday Lecture Series begins with Erik Waterkotte, visiting artist in print media, on Sept. 7. All lectures are free and open to the public.
“My work is an exploration of popular culture, myth, and fantasy as conveyed through printmaking and mixed media. I am continually drawn to ideas and events that blur the line between fantasy and reality. Utopias and dystopias, religious extremism, cults, alchemy and mysticism, are all fodder for my work. Juxtaposed and submerged in my prints and mixed media works are images from rock n’ roll films, heavy metal album covers, the Mormon Tabernacle, Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, and ancient ruins.” - Erik Waterkotte, Artist Statement
Erik Waterkotte is an associate professor of print media in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. His creative research integrates a variety of graphic media creating layered exhibits that explore concepts of belief, ritual and space. In his artwork, Mr. Waterkotte intersects the archetypal, the inherited and the phenomenological. He has exhibited his artwork both nationally and internationally, with recent exhibitions at the University of Alberta, Canada, the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida, and the Landmarks Art Gallery at Texas Tech University. His work is part of several collections including the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota and the Purdue University Galleries. Mr. Waterkotte was born and raised in central Illinois. He received his B.F.A. from Illinois State University and his M.F.A. from the University of Alberta. He has taught at Minnesota State University and Indiana University, and has been a visiting artist at several institutions throughout the U.S.