"Erika Harrsch’s work proves that borders do not exist when it comes to artistic creation.” Art Nexus
Born in Mexico City, Harrsch has resided in several cities throughout the United States and abroad in Italy, Germany, and Brazil. For the past fourteen years she has lived and worked in New York City. She has been defined as a multidisciplinary artist, employing traditional mediums alongside new technology to articulate multifaceted concepts and interests.
The images Harrsch creates can be seen as a comprehensive reflection about the body and identity, sexuality, and desire. The formal aspects of her work investigate diverse fields to achieve multisensory and interactive experiences. As an artist Harrsch seeks to explore the spaces that define and limit us as well as the vertiginous freedoms that lead to a continuous corporeal and ideological migrations.
Harrsch’s background as a painter has been essential and visible in her aesthetic process, and her artwork is continually being filtered through the history of image making, the representation of the object, space, and color. These visual and formal conventions are infused with multilayered references that create a plurality of meaning, which in turn makes possible the extraction of multiple narratives concerned with individual and cultural perceptions, as well as critical social, political, and environmental issues.
For over six years Harrsch has included entomology research as part of her work, using butterflies as a metaphor for gender, identity, migration, nationality, and the relationship human beings have with their own nature and fragility.
Harrsch has expanded her trajectory to achieve mastery in a wide range of disciplines related to the production of multimedia art. She has established a fertile and captivating visual language, using tools such as painting, photography, video, animation, installation, interactive projects, and performance. For the past eight years her interdisciplinary practices have led to collaborations with well-known musicians and composers, including Philip Glass, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Claire Chase, Paola Prestini, and Maya Beiser, among others.
Erika Harrsch has participated in the Fokus-Lodz Biennale, Lodz, Poland, 2010; 798 Biennale, Beijing, China, 2009; International Media Art Biennale, Seoul, South Korea, 2008; Fotofest Biennial, Houston, Texas, 2008; as well as the 6th and 7th FEMSA-Monterrey Biennial, Mexico, in 2003 and 2005.
Her work has been shown in galleries, festivals, and international artistic residencies, as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City), Museo del Barrio (New York City), Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, Nevada), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, Connecticut), Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY), Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, Washington), in the United States; Göteborg Konstmuseum, Sweden; Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium; Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (Nuevo León) and Museo de la Ciudad (Querétaro), in Mexico. Her work is included in numerous international public and private collections, including the Musée de la Photographie in Belgium, and the Eaton Corporation and the Fidelity Corporation in the United States.