Shirley Erickson 

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Visit Shirley's Studio during the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour
the first two full weekends in October - 10 AM to 5 PM
1615 Texas Street
Bellingham, WA  98229

Shirley Erickson

Artist Statement



 I celebrate oppositions with form and content.  I’m enthralled with positive and negative, transparent and opaque, massive and delicate, reflective and dull, the balance between the sexes, nature and man, the physical and mental experience, effort and effect.   My sculptures are metaphors for life.  Events and the world around me are my motivation. I enjoy the challenges of visual communication.

In an effort to understand the cycles of life and the bigger picture, I examine our perceptions of reality and explore the connotations of materials.  Delving deeper than what appears on the surface, I recycle to make something beautiful from something discarded.  The materials fit the meaning.  Steel is perceived to be strong, but it will rust and eventually, return to the earth.  Glass is supposedly fragile, it may break, but it doesn't go away.  



My art is an opened dialogue.  Each sculpture is a piece in a puzzle that is my life; my fantasies, desires, fears and revelations.  Imagination is the answer.    My work helps me to continue to ask the questions.



Spirit Guardian
31" x 20" x 6"
Steel with fused & cast glass

Shirley's Public Art

Fountain & Pool installation, Blaine, Washington

Shirley was awarded this public art project for the city of Blaine in 2010

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