Erika Emerén (b.1990) is a Swedish artist based in Stockholm.

Her work interprets the physicality of desire, cravings, and attraction. Erika’s process combines ceramic, textile, and text as an exploration of color, texture, pattern, and words. The layering of her work creates an expansive scenography of playful forms with subtly unsettling details.

Inspired by the inherently appetizing aspects of confectionary, the sensuality of the human body, and the romance of nature, Erika’s work also presents a menacing side to beauty:
Her unassumingly ornate sculptures are undoubtedly erect and dripping with the expulsion of glaze, the stiff and plushy textile forms are suffocating in their repetition, and frighteningly exaggerated in their movements and proportions. Erika’s world fluctuates between gentle and carnal.

There is a disarming character to her work, as Erika believes is the nature of human desire. She doesn’t aim to portray lust in all its simplicity and naïvety but rather celebrates it fully with all its fleshy disappointments.





Solo exhibitions
2021 Get it on Time, Crooked Concept, Stockholm.
2021 Dränk mig i glasyr, Ifö Konsthall, Bromölla.
2021 Det berör inte mig, Konstkuben, Vallentuna kulturhus.


Group exhibitions
2021 Making something from nothing / Houseproud, Way Gallery, Stockholm.
2020 7XKonsthantverk: Repeat it!, Form Design Center, Malmö.
2020 Collectible Fair, MDR Gallery, Brussels
2019 Shiny Little Treat, Jingdezhen.
2019 Sundaymorning at Taoxichuan, Jigndezhen.
2019 Crowd Pleaser, MDR Gallery, London.
2019 RESPEKT/SPEKTAKEL at Museum Het Grachtenhuis, Amsterdam.
2018 G18 Design Academy at Campina, DDW, Eindhoven.
2018 Elle decoration Penthouse, DDW, Eindhoven.
2018 Design Academy Eindhoven Masters, Hotel Droog, Amsterdam.
2016 Örnsbergsauktionen, Stockholm.
2016 OBVIOUS, Stockholm.







Residencies

2020 Ifö Center, Bromölla.
2019 Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China. Granted by the Swedish Arts and Grants Committee.
2019 Taoxichuan Ceramic Art Venue, Jingdezhen, China.
2018 EKWC, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands.







Education

Skrivandets förhandlingar, Konstfack, Stockholm.
MA Contextual Design, Design Academy, Eindhoven.
BA Product and Interior Design, Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm.
Design, Leksands Folkhögskola.
Literature History, Uppsala University.




Grants
2020 One year work grant, Swedish Arts and Grants Commitee.