General Education Coordinator
Erin Ethridge is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Her work uses systems, hybrids, and inversions to confuse or meld dualistic polarities. Through technology and material poetry, threads from diverse spheres are woven together into absurd objects and kinetic sculptures that visualize transformation, paradox, simultaneity, and interconnectedness. Opposites melt into each other. The sacred is made banal. Inside becomes outside. The process blurs boundaries, commemorates decay, and mythologizes memory.
Erin is also one half of Thorn, a collaborative partnership with Colleen Marie Foley. Thorn questions ideas of shared or composite identity, memory, and body. Taking their relationship as subject and tool, Thorn searches for places where the physical and psychic boundaries between them soften and become permeable. They negotiate dualities of distance/closeness, pleasure/pain, self/other in pursuit of their limits. These efforts take the form of performance work, sculptural tools, and electronic media.
Erin received her MFA in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her BFA from the University of Texas at Tyler.
She has participated in residencies and exhibitions in Iceland, Australia, and Italy, and has been awarded the Brancato Award by VAE Creativity Incubator and the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center. She is a full-time lecturer at Appalachian State University where she teaches in sculpture, foundations, and general education.