Through visual art and poetry, I examine a constellation of human concerns including interculturality, an external environment’s impact on a person’s internal world, inherited traumas, and the communicative power of time, transition, and silence. In moments of quiet reflection, I ask the viewer to consider what is absent, delve deeper into what cannot be immediately seen, and to examine and question the cultural templates which have been imprinted on each of us.
From 2010 – 2013 Erin Schalk lived in Okinawa, Japan, where she worked as a professional artist and educator. In Okinawa she participated in island-wide exhibitions including Inspire Japan to benefit the victims of the March 11th, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, and Okiten, a juried event held annually since the end of WWII.
In 2017 Schalk received her MFA in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Today she is a hybrid visual artist and writer. She continues to exhibit her artwork throughout the U.S. and internationally and publishes her poetry in national and global literary journals.
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