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Erica Elan Ciganek  Chicago, IL

'Miguel II'
Oil on canvas
Oil on wood

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About Erica Elan

Erica is a painter based in Chicago, IL. She is a graduate of North Park University where she majored in both Art and Conflict Transformation. She took her first painting class senior year of high school, and has, with great interest, participated as this passion grew. She works mainly in the medium of oil paint, but is simultaneously interested in film photography, music, and drawing.

Erica explains the work by saying, “There is a moment in each painting where something is happening that feels it is beyond my control. That all of the sudden something has come into being that I could not have predicted or chosen, but has presented itself as existing. It is in that shift that I feel like the deep observation of someone has allowed me to connect with them in a mysterious way. I desire for the subject to determine the piece that emerges. The more I can intimately look at the colors and shapes and movements of the skin, folds, or shifts in tone, I can allow the subject to speak. I hope to emphasize the transformational power of seeing someone.”

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"Excellent rendition of stress anxiety or fear. It is troubling to see."

"this artist capture emotion it is either grief or deep sadness but it could be relief or joy."

"It's freaking me out!"

"Amazing work!"

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