Erica Wheelock
Bees, 2009
ink on paper

Artist Statement

As a young child I realized that adults were not the purveyors of Truth and Reason that I thought them to be and in fact many of them were quite irrational, so it would behoove me to take note of as many details as I could, hoarding them until a later date, a future that I optimistically thought of as the point at which I would know everything. That point having never arrived, gathering relevant information became a way of life. Now I have an expansive and unwieldy collection of curiosities and oblique associations which has, I’m not ashamed to say, highlighted my own expansive lack of knowledge, as a new addition can have the effect of generating multiple derivations leading into unknown territory. These drawings are representative of the overall informal collection as well as specific ideas. Some themes have proven to be consistently related to the physical characteristics of land, like the fluidity of natural boundaries contrasted with societal tendencies to create restrictive artificial constructs. Ink, in some aspects unforgiving as a medium, reflects the necessity of some constructs to avoid paralysis in the face of overwhelming choice. But to me the fundamental purpose is to embrace the brilliance
in the face of constant uncertainty.



2006 California College of the Arts, MFA, Painting/Drawing
2003 Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
2003 University of California, Santa Cruz, BA, Art



2007 New American Paintings #67, Pacific Coast edition
2007 Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York City, NY;



2008 Aqua Art Fair, Miami, FL
2008 LACE Gallery Benefit Auction, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Solo exhibition, Sam Lee Gallery Oct. 27th - Dec. 8th
2007 Bridge Art Fair Chicago
2007 ArtLA International Contemporary Art Fair
2006 Marin Society of Artists National Juried Exhibition, 3rd Place
2006 I see you Cowboys and Angels Salon, San Francisco
2006 Process PLAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco
2006 MFA Graduate Exhibition, California College of the Arts
2003 Law and Order: Special Artists Unit Santa Cruz, CA