Moving through the world with a rare form of synesthesia, I experience life on a supernatural level.  Making art helps me process my existence with its richly cascading and intertwining sounds, textures, and colors.

My muse is my frequent travel to Europe and the battlefields, cities, and places that still wear the tragic histories of the Second World War and all of its people. Additionally, I am inspired by my ancestors and my quest to undertake their stories.

I incorporate abstract markings, found image, and figures with multiple layers of mixed media techniques to express my perception of the world … sometimes light and delicate, sometimes overwhelming and intense. While training as a photographer in NYC in the late 1990's, I found my complete expression within alternative processes such as staining, distressing, scratching, burning, image transfers, and sewing.

My art carries themes of war, the spectrum of human nature, ancestral lineage, collective experience, traumatic memory, and the choice each day presents:  do we exist solely within our personal tragedies or do we weave life from a place of empowered wisdom?

We must know our depths to know our heights. We must howl in wild stark exposure at the moon in order to know true bliss in the glow of sun.

I am the author of two books: The In Between was released in June 2018, and my first book, The Underneath: A Visual Memoir was released in 2016.

erin faith allen