Jen Erickson
Lost Thoughts and Abandoned Information

October 5 - October 29, 2006

Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, October 5, 2006

PUNCH presents new paintings by Jen Erickson. In the time between obtaining her BFA at The University of Montana and pursuing her MFA, Erickson held a data entry job. The hours she spent staring at a computer screen and archiving the cast-off information of others soon transformed into hours of contemplating where her own lost intellectual artifacts were stored. This exploration ultimately culminated in an ongoing series titled “Lost Thoughts and Abandoned Information”. As an artist, Erickson is interested in the sense of loss that occurs with the realization that the information and nostalgic details of our lives are slowly slipping away and being replaced by new knowledge and memories.

"I often find myself contemplating the fate of my memories. As I get older, I spend more time trying to reclaim details of my past. Sometimes I hear a song that I listened to as a teenager and feel a sense of loss and sadness. This auditory reminder triggers a sense of recollection but the memories are just out of reach…(and) after my nostalgia wears off, I wonder where my memories go.
- J. Erickson

Using minimalist cues of austere color fields and repeated, graphite mark making, Erickson conceptualizes a world where misplaced thoughts and abandoned information exist after becoming separated from us. She received her MFA in painting at Central Washington University in 2005 and currently resides in North Idaho.

Hours: Noon-5pm Friday-Sunday, or by appointment.

Next Exhibition: Billy in the Lowground


Untitled, 2006, oil and graphite on panel, 14”x11”