Approved: 05.07.2007

Erica Eyres

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Approved: 05.07.2007

I am interested in how humans create an absurd mixture of conflicting emotions when they are faced with overwhelming situations and anxiety.Through videos and bodies of drawings, I use humour and narrative to examine the psychology behind disturbing human behaviours.
My videos mimic television genres such as documentaries, reality shows and family sitcoms, and feature characters that are seemingly

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Artist Statement

I am interested in how humans create an absurd mixture of conflicting emotions when they are faced with overwhelming situations and anxiety.Through videos and bodies of drawings, I use humour and narrative to examine the psychology behind disturbing human behaviours. My videos mimic television genres such as documentaries, reality shows and family sitcoms, and feature characters that are seemingly banal, but inevitably reveal the absurdity of their lives. My father's profession as a child psychologist impacted significantly on my work, and helped to form a basis for my interest in abnormal psychology and dysfunctional families. I seek to question disturbing behaviours, where they stem from and how they are perpetuated by day-to-day life. I aim to develop each character's person with a sense of the uncanny so that the viewer will recognise aspects of themselves or others, thereby adding to their voyeuristic discomfort. These sinister depictions are always presented with a sense of dark humour, creating an intricate balance so that the viewer feels both repulsion and compassion. By employing satire, I wish to extract an awkward laughter, to explore the tensions between what is funny and what is stark and confrontational.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2011 - Pam's Dream, ROKEBY, London 2010 - The Lunatic Box, Prussian Projekte, Nottingham 2008 - Erica Eyres, Haas and Fischer, Zurich 2008 - Erica Eyres, ROKEBY, London 2007 - Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up (forthcoming solo exhibition), Fette's Gallery, Los Angeles 2006 - Erica Eyres, Solo Exhibition, Rokeby Gallery, London, England 2006 - Forever and Ever and Ever and Ever and Ever, G+ Galleries, Toronto, Canada 2006 - I Love You But I Hate You, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland Group exhibitions 2007 - Bizarre Love Triangle, Fette's Gallery, Los Angeles 2005 - Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Corherhouse Gallery, Spike Island, the Barbican, Manchester, Bristol, and London