Erika Swinson, growing up an “Army Brat” and aspiring inventor, came up with creative ways to entertain herself and cope with always being the outsider aka the new kid in school. Ever the devil's advocate, Erika's current projects use mundane materials to tamper with the details of naturalized social systems, undermining the everyday to provoke thoughtful debate and transformative laughter. Erika received her BFA in sculpture from the University of Georgia, and her MFA in new media from Penn State University. She is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist exhibiting in the United States, online, and abroad.
Erika is currently engaged in artistic, community, and entrepreneurial pursuits. She is primarily using the techniques of crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, and quilting to create her work. While continuing her artistic practice, she is also engaged in collaborative and community based charitable projects as well as creating approachable small scale pieces in order to expand her technical knowledge of each technique. These smaller items are given as gifts and offered for sale.