Erica Stoller, WPA, 2018. 8'' wide, PEX plastic plumbing tubes and roofing material, foam insulation, bead chain


I’ve been paying close attention to the wires and cables, from pole to pole, our ever-present roadside companions.  My new sculpture reflects these basic elements in configurations that include loops, knots, tangles, the confusions and bypasses often indicate repairs to outdated copper phone lines.

The hanging pieces, made of common, repurposed, industrial materials, refer to these horizontal lines of unseen scenery. This is the vital utility infrastructure in plain sight, often overlooked until essential services are interrupted.

The “palette” may include PEX plastic plumbing tubes, foam insulation, parachute cord, cable ties, bead chain, wire rope and metal connectors. These light, colorful hanging elements hover and move slightly with the air currents; knots and attachments are visible parts of the finished work. The sculptures may hang on walls or span open spaces, indoors or out. The forms and their shadows move slightly with the air currents, often with some clicking and scratching sounds.

While the work is made of impersonal, hardware store elements, the selection and assembly bear the mark of decision-making and handwork. There’s a calligraphic element to the line, drawn from point to point, punctuated with knots, connectors and cable ties.

The message here is: Look around. Scenery is more than hills and valleys, trees and flowers, buildings, streets, and traffic. The electric cables and phone wires are right there. We’re not altogether wireless yet.


Past Solo Exhibitions:
Gravity Feed, 2015

Past Group Exhibitions:
Women On The Line, 2017
Who Cares?, 2017
New Art In An Old House, 2016
Wish You Were Here, 2016
Razzle Dazzle, 2016
A.I.R. ReFreshed, 2015
Unframed, 2015
If These Walls... II, 2015
Traverse, 2014
Pumping Up The Volume At A.I.R., 2014
Wet Paint, 2014
If These Walls..., 2014