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Artist Statement

Like the feminist artists of the 1970s, I investigate how to transform everyday materials into something precious in both form and content. My work has grown in size, scope, and intention. I use everyday craft materials: ribbon, bobby pins, pony tail holders, sequins, organza fabric and beads. I braid the ribbons together to form even bigger braids. Some are tough as rope, and others are styled as delicately as wedding-day hair.

My process replicates our society’s obsession with adorning, shaping, and perfecting the body. These works have an obsessional quality, where every visual element has an aesthetic or functional purpose. The installations take over the space to disturb and even overwhelm the viewer.

Recent Exhibitions

2018
“Finding My Voice,” presentation and workshop for the Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Center, Radnor, PA

2017
“Other People’s Pixels interviews Erika Roth” (interview by Stacia Yeapanis)
“Fresh 2017,” South Bay Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
“Summer Open Call” (Instagram online exhibition), Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY
Sunset Park Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
“ArtWorks: A Benefit for Arts Gowanus,” Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY
Gowanus Open Studios (October 21/22), Brooklyn, NY

2016
“Winter Open Call” (Instagram online exhibition), Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY
“Square Foot Art Basel Miami 4,” Aqua Art Miami, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL
“The Food Show,” Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY
Member Salon, Curated by Katerina Lanfranco, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Member Salon, Curated by Krista Saunders Scenna, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
ArtWorks: A Benefit for Arts Gowanus, Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY
“A Preview of Open Studios Artists,” curated by Myra Kooy, Cocoabar, Brooklyn, NY
Gowanus Open Studios (October 15/16), Brooklyn, NY
Resident Show, curated by Jen Nista, Skye Schimer, and Libby Rosa, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY
“The popping textile assemblages of Erika Roth,” noted in Hyperallergic Newsletter, NY, NY
“Plus One Exhibition,” Trestle Contemporary Art Gallery,” Brooklyn, NY
“A Symptom of The Universe,” curated by Jesse Firestone, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2015
“Square Foot 3 Art Basel Miami,” Group Exhibition, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL
“Quantum Leap,” Group Exhibition, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
“Shim Show,” Group Exhibition & Auction, Art Helix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“In Missa Interfectionis, Verum: The Dance of Death, Hexes, Voodoo, Curses and Witchcraft, Re-envisioned,” Group Exhibition, Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014
“Fresh Art 2014,” Group Exhibition, South Bay Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
“Winter Secrets,” Group Exhibition, Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY

2012
“The Work of Women,” Group Exhibition, Gallery North, Setauket, NY

2010
“Resurrectine,” Group Exhibition, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
(Reviewed by Lori Cole in Art Forum, May 2010)

Artist Residency
Brooklyn Art Space, 2015-17

Education
MFA, California Institute of the Arts
BA in Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design

Contact
www.erikajroth.com
erikaroth78@gmail.com