I create through improvisational exploration in an attempt to capture the in between space of post-sensation and pre-cognition. I am also influenced and inspired by the relationships we have; the internal activity within ourselves, as well as the intimate, familial, social, cultural, earthly and otherworldly ones we experience; with all of the intricacies and abstractions of feeling and thought. I consider my paintings internal landscapes. They are, in part, a representation of this narrow link of conscious and unconscious, layered experiences, associations, connections, with knowns and unknowns, changing dynamics at all times. We are all connected through the immeasurable seas of our selves, by the formidable and great seas that surround our lands and the infinite skies above. I hope my work calls attention to the sublime richness of our involvement within these experiences.
Erica Jane Huntzinger grew up in a western suburb of Chicago, IL. Pursuing the humanities, specifically painting and ceramics, she studied art and English literature at Illinois State University and transferred into the painting department at The University of Illinois. In her last semester, Erica studied art and ecology in England at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. She graduated from The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Major in Painting. Desiring deeper meaning into art and the self, Huntzinger pursued further education and received her Masters Degree in Art Therapy at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
Huntzinger has shown throughout the country, mainly in her home state of Illinois and Chicago, where several of her paintings are permanently installed at the following: Uncommon Ground (Devon and Grace locations), The University of Illinois at Chicago Children’s Center, and Delilah’s. Bank First National Plymouth & Manitotowoc, WI acquired three prints, a diptych and and an oil painting. Huntzinger co-owned and exhibited Chicago(land) artists in The Gathering Place Gallery in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood for a year.
Huntzinger has frequently shown professionally, most notably a solo show entitled “Our Seas” at The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in their Priebe Gallery, The Chicago Cultural Center‘s “People of the Mud II: Another look at Chicago Ceramics”, Silvermine Guild Art Center’s “Craft USA”, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s “Eight Counties Art Show”, Prak Sis Gallery “Axis International Art Festival”, several shows with Margin Gallery and The Gathering Place, The Hudson in Milwaukee, WI, guest artist at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago’s Art Therapy 30th Anniversary Exhibition, and through the Mosnart residency in Pullman, IL. Huntzinger currently lives and works in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL: MAAT: 1997
Wolverhampton Polytechnic- Wolverhampton, England: spring semester 1992
The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana: BFA: Painting Major: 1993