Ingrid Erickson
Cut Paper

Ingrid Erickson

(North Carolina) Artist Website Artist-in-Residence October Residency Year: 2019


Ingrid Erickson thinks of herself as a “cut paper naturalist.” Her work spans the intersection of art and science through the investigation of specific species and ecosystems. She enjoys working with and learning from scientists.

Erickson was creating woodblock prints originally but became interested in cut-paper during her travels. “When I moved to Asia in 2003, I was suddenly a printmaker without a press,” she recalls. “I fell in love with the art of cut paper when I taught English and art in Changsha in southern China.”

Erickson works from life, as well as from natural history collections and specimens, radiographs, and her own photographs and video taken on-site. Recent partner organizations include The Field Museum, Chicago, NC State Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, The Carolina Raptor Center, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD, the International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin, and The Duke Lemur Center. Her work is included in several collections including The National Audubon Society.


Surel’s Place offered mixed media workshop, participating 3rd -5th graders (with their parents) will create original artist’s books incorporating hand-cut paper under the guidance of artist-in-resident Erickson. Inspired by objects of natural history, learners will create their own individual handmade books as well as collaborate to make a larger-scale class book using several mixed media processes.