We are proud to present our latest artist, Loren Erdrich. The collaboration features the artist's What Could Be Simpler? painting as a limited edition of 22 Hahnemühle German Etching prints, each hand-embellished and signed by the artist. 60% of the sale proceeds will be donated to the World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization which provides meals to those affected by humanitarian, climate or community crises. We sat down with the artist to discuss her inspiration behind the work and her upcoming projects.
Hi Loren, could you please talk to us a little bit about the inspiration behind the piece featured in this edition?
This print is inspired by an original painting born of water, dye and pigment on raw canvas. It is part of a larger body of work of porous figures, with no clear demarcation of where the figure ends and its environment begins. The subject’s gaze is powerful, defiant and wholly embodied. There's something animal-like about her. To me, she's the center of a storm.
Loren Erdrich. What could be simpler? Hahnemühle German Etching. 12” x 18” [30.5 cm x 46 cm]. Edition of 22 + 2 APs. Each print is signed and hand-embellished by the artist.
Could you talk to us about what you’re currently working on?
I'm currently working on paintings for a yet unannounced, major collaboration with Shrine, my gallery in NYC, which will take place this Fall. I'm also participating in David Zwirner's Platform this June and some group shows in NYC this summer.
Loren Erdrich works at her studio.
What is a day in the life of Loren Erdrich like?
I usually wake up early, drink coffee, and spend some time moving my body before trying to sit quietly and breathe. Then I head to my Brooklyn studio and work straight through until dinnertime. I try to dedicate at least one day a week to relaxing, being outside and hanging out with my husband. Otherwise, I'm in my studio as much as possible these days.
Where do you find inspiration?
My art practice is heavily influenced by time spent immersed in nature – it is the fuel which feeds my work. I also read a lot of fiction and poetry. I love the writing of Anne Carson, Fanny Choi, Mary Oliver, and Ocean Vuong, just to name a few. Great writing evokes images yet leaves me space to fill in the visual information. I find this act much more inspiring than the real world I see before me.
Who are some of your favorite fellow artists?
Artists that feature heavily in my painting psyche right now and always are Katherine Bradford, Marlene Dumas, Peter Doig, and Maja Ruznic.
Why is the charity you’ve chosen an important one for you?
My husband has a background in hospitality and through him I have learned about the spiritual, emotional and physical importance of food. World Central Kitchen does amazing work providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises and as well as establishing lasting food systems. They are also currently on the frontlines in Ukraine and beyond.
Click HERE to view and purchase Loren Erdrich’s limited edition.