Using performance, video, and sculpture, I create art that investigates how place creates and affects identity. Windows with cracking paint appear in works about Ohio, interconnected pathways are navigated by performers for work made in Michigan, the sun shines on repeat for video and neon signs in Arizona. As an artist the place I call home is the central beacon of all my work.
For the past 9 years my practice has included directing and producing circus theater productions, on varying scales of small intimate works that are site specific, to large-cast travelling productions. My specialties are aerial rope, tightwire dancing, and duo trapeze. I believe strongly in pursuing ideas through the lens of experimentation and play, engaging in a community-minded approach that attempts to link the disparate ideas, circumstances, or people through art. In this way the projects I pursue define how I approach my life, cultivating daily practices that connect the brain and body.
Other interests and skills encompass metal fabrication, video editing, screen printing, and costume making. I am enthralled with the ways that sculpture can provide a tactile and immersive situation, while the inherent narrative and ephemeral quality of video harness the time-based essence of experience.
ERIN GARBER-PEARSON is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and educator. Erin makes collaborative and solo works ranging from short performances to full length shows, art installations, sculptures and video. Her interests and skills encompass metal fabrication, video editing, screen printing, and costume making. She pursues a range of circus arts specializing in tightwire, aerial rope, and duo trapeze. She has given up trying to categorize.
Interested in the ways that art can positively impact the community, Erin creates contemporary circus shows for all ages, and art installations that deal with how place creates and affects identity.
In 2012 Erin founded the Birds Eye View Circus studio in her current home, Toledo, Ohio. She teaches various circus arts to youth and adults, while directing, choreographing, and producing full length shows in the beautiful domed theater of the Collingwood Art Center. You can also find her teaching with the hard working crew at The Ann Arbor Aviary.
From 2012-2017 Erin was one half of the duo partnership Violet and Fortuna. During this time VF wrote and performed a 45 minute long show called Laces that traced the histories of a house in the Midwest over a hundred years. Each vignette is set in a different time period, from the turn of the century through the present day.