Eric Wixon

Born 1977, United States

Lives in: Portland, OR, USA

Describe your art in 3 words: The search inward

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"I had a bitchin' Atari jacket as a kid that I wore while riding my dirt bike. One day I got lost and ran out of gas. After pushing my bike as far as I could I left it in a field. Crying, I walked on and eventually found a house. They called my folks and I got grounded because I was only allowed to ride close to home. Long story short, it was a shitty day. That said, exploration is never overrated."

What themes does your work involve?
Inner conflict / inner peace seems to be the most commonly recurring theme in my work. Often, my paintings attempt to process the whirlwind of emotions associated with the human experience. I find intent, meaning, and relation are all coincidental with creation, regardless truly personal work speaks to the collective consciousness.
Describe your creative process.
The house I grew up in had a bathtub with formica paneling in front of it; I remember repeatedly forming various mental images from that paneling as early as age 4. To this day I can remember a cat, the number 5, and a pair of scissors, amongst other imagery, but mostly I saw faces. I consider this to be my first artistic experience, and my creative process is still quite similar. I begin making marks without a predetermined notion, then search within the marks, and generally end up with strange multi-face imagery. It is an intuitive journey that usually gets solved about 3/4 of the way through the process. The last 1/4 of the process is just carrying out the actions to physically complete the piece. I tend to work in small series to prevent boredom and encourage exploration.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I believe my work is somehow the result of everything I've experienced, and that it primarily functions as a tool towards self-awareness.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art reflects an acute connection to, and relation of, personal experiences. Great art resonates those personal relations and connections at a societal scale over a period of time.
What is the role of the artist today?
The artists of today should be widely varied, each with their own role. As a whole though, the artist of today will reflect this period of time and affect the fundamental sense of self in the process.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist