Erika Gehringer is an artist living in Cherry Hill, NJ. She currently teaches Art at Haddonfield Middle School in Haddonfield, NJ and graduated from the University of the Arts: MAT '05.
My work relates to the transformational qualities of handwriting. I have always been fascinated by people's handwriting, in particular from people who are no longer with us. About two years ago, I started taking these handwriting samples and projecting them onto a canvas. I fell in love with the way that the writing would turn into an abstract representation. I enjoyed seeing the new shapes that were made by overlapping the words. I began to realize that I could take something that was filed away in a box and transform it into something new. In a way, I was giving new life to the lives we had lost.