Erica Hauser is an artist based in Newburgh whose work includes painting, collage and sculpture. She grew up in Brewster, NY, and has a BFA from School of Visual Arts in NYC.
In 2011 she received a NYFA grant, and attended artist residencies in New Mexico, Vermont, and NY. She participated in The Other Art Fair editions in Brooklyn (US, 2017) and Bristol (UK, 2018). From 2013-2020 she owned and ran Catalyst Gallery with her partner in Beacon and worked with artists to install exhibitions and host events.
Her work has been featured on Saatchi Art, West Elm, and Chronogram. 2022 shows include Robin Rice Gallery in NYC & Shelter Island; Cite in Soho; and Artport Kingston.
In 2022 she received an Awesome Newburgh grant to develop a local public art project, and a NYSCA Statewide Community Regrant to create new work.
Erica's longtime seasonal job as a firewood stacker has influenced her paintings, as she stacks and arranges shapes guided by an intuitive feeling for their points of connection- here it is paint instead of wood pieces. Inspired by mid-century design and colors, she mixes hues that are earthy, subdued and vibrant all at once, as in the juicy punch of neon or the dull glow of antique metal. References include nature, textiles, ceramics, and vintage crayons, in thinking about how forms, patterns and textures coexist with each other on a surface.
She is absorbed by the visual conception of objects, places and experiences as colors and structures, building them into abstract, evocative piles. Works on paper and wood panels have collaged elements like chocolate foil and painted canvas scraps, and sculptures are composed of cut and assembled wood shapes.
Her depictions of time and nostalgia have shifted as well, from literal to abstract, as her focus evolves from era-specific objects to these resonant color/shape impressions, exploring where representation and memory intersect.