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Erika Craig
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Location: Southern California

I paint figures underwater, immersing my subjects in their surroundings. A person’s reflection in water is a constantly changing self, a distorted image with many sides. Near the surface, the familiar blends into the unknown. Color and shape break down. Things that seem separate become entwined.

Water is the source of life, bodily and spiritual renewal. It represents both life and death, existing in the same place as a continuation. It is the place of origins, and a place inside ourselves where we go to find peace. Making up most of the Earth and most of our bodies, it is the connectedness of things.

I occupy the world below the surface, the subconscious, a place of intuition and dreams. The vague ideas and emotions that don’t quite fit into words. I marvel at the world above the surface, past the limits of our perception. The unseen and unexplained, mysteries beyond our human reach. Reality is deep and complex. The more we delve and search, the more astounding layers we find. Yet in supreme chaos I see universal order. From galaxies to subatomic particles, the curve of a leaf and the human brain.

I prefer the organic to the mechanized, natural to manmade, timeless to modern. In nature, I see the essence of truth and beauty. As people disconnect from nature, they lose a vital understanding. We become preoccupied with the mundane, obsessed with tiny details of our daily lives, restless and struggling for meaning. Forgetting how small we are and how little we control. How strange it is to even exist.

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FudgeLover1971 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi. You might have received my email. Sorry, I didn't realize you were on here until after I sent it. I'm a big fan.

An Anonymous Fan
(You kinda know who I am now.) 
Eirescei Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, I answered it but I don't think you got it. Anyway thanks so much!!
FudgeLover1971 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh, thanks for telling me, I'll go check!
Also I've finished recreating one of the pieces. I'll hopefully put it on DevianART so you can see.
lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
DapperNoir Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
god ...must watch, your works are incredible
Eirescei Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much
XulSchwarz Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013   General Artist
Your water series folder on here is great! 
I love the use of colours! 
JuliaPolay Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Saw your art being featured and am so impressed and inspired by you!
Eirescei Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's wonderful to hear
Elephantis Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very happy Birthday to youFree Birthday Icon 
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