Erin Wilkerson is an American artist and filmmaker. She co-founded the political art collective, Creative Agitation, with her partner, Travis Wilkerson, to create work that acts like a bomb for change by marrying politics and aesthetics. Their documentary, “Nuclear Family” screened at the 2022 Berlinale, and was awarded Mencion Especial by the Mar del Plata International Film Festival. Their collective work has also exhibited at the Slovenian Pavilion of Venice Beinnale, and their film, “Machine Gun or Typewriter?” at the Locarno Film Festival. She is the Managing Editor of the online newsreel, NOW Journal, which is a platform for urgent praxis, in response to world events. Her previous mixed media work, film, and performance work investigated violence of the US/Mexico border and the post-industrial landscape, shown in Prismatic Ground, “Kino!”, Dokufest, and The Paris Collage Club. Her early professional work in landscape architecture instilled in her a drive for sustainability and questioning land use practices. Since moving to SE Asia has expanded on these themes of settlement and ecologies by examining research and practice methodologies for deconstructing global colonial histories, through the work in progress entitled, “Invasive Species”, for her PhD in Practice candidacy, through the TransArt Institute and Liverpool John Moores University.
Digital collage of canonical femininity over photographs of Anthropocene disasters. Selections from a series of 7.
A MONTANA MILE
Acrylic on canvas of the Berkeley Pit. A mining Superfund Site, gashed into the mountain above the town of Butte, Montana.
From a collection of 200 Polaroids of the American West. Examples shown are from nuclear missile silos in Montana.
Illustrations of Detroit factory ruins on found plates.
UNKNOWN MINE, McKINLEY COUNTY, NM
Acrylic on canvas. From a series of 3 paintings of overhead views of nuclear and coal mines on indigenous Navajo and Hopi Reservations.
DUCK + COVER
Oil pastel on found Cold War Era educational book. Series of 12.
Digital collage of photographs of immigrants on traditional picturesque landscape paintings.