Erika Ostrander

The body orients itself subjectively toward working processes. In my artistic practice I incorporate materials such as human hair, salvaged print media and animal tissue. I produce objects from organic materials that invoke a phenomenal experience. Through my transformations, I engage the sensory world of bodily thoughts and feelings. How can a body redefine its own containment? By exploring the rituals of everyday life, I explore how bodily knowledge is passed down through mythologies such as religion, fables, and cultural expectations. The work is constructed as a multiple body, perpetually broken down into its constituent beings. The subjective is both transitory and culturally constructed. In order to understand it, I break it down.

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