Erika Harrsch often chooses as subjects female figures, and place them in very intimate settings. Embedded in a surreal or dreamlike milieu are organic forms, usually animals, insects, jellyfish, clouds, and flying objects in a kind of pictorial eco-system that tries to dive into the core of what it means to be a woman. Although she frequently pays homage to classical painters, the contemporary spin and visual expressions empower the central figure, with ominous undertones where the reverse gaze of the subject creates an unsettling and complex reality. With her paintings, Harrsch investigates aesthetic perceptions within contemporary perspectives. Her multidisciplinary art stems from her long studies of classic painting–portraiture, live model drawing, and still life–often Inspired by great masters that influenced her early practice.

The series of self-portraits were exhibited at Marc Straus gallery in NY. "The Incredible Likeness of Being" In Erika Harrsch's ensemble of mixed-media paintings, she explores issues of identity through her different cultural lenses, depicting the (her) female body connected to elements of animal anatomy, both mammals or insects, with eroticized sketches and a diversity of media associated with opulence and sensuality.
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Erika
2016, Self Portrait - Homage to Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Acrylic and Collage on linen, 50 x 30 inches
Extracting the Stone of Madness
2016, Self Portrait - Homage to Hieronymus Bosch
Acrylic and Collage on Linen, 50 x 30 inches, 127 x 76.2 cm
Origin
2016, Self Portrait - Homage to Gustave Courbet
Acrylic and Collage on Linen, 18.75 x 21.75 inches
Self portrait-1970-2008-2015
2016, Self Portrait - Homage to Francisco de Zurbarán
Acrylic on Linen, 18.75 x 21.75 inches

Pink Sky Dream - Homage to Everett Millais

Aleph

Squirt

Inverted Sky

Fragments

Mum

Paisaje I

Paisaje II

Claro

Bodymaps

Ghost

Nymph

Garden of Delights II

Puppe

Edge

Head

Mantis

Cowgirl

Fall

Wonderland

Free

Bicephalus

Lolipop

La Sirene

Bunny

House

Violens

Garden of Delights

Expel

Touch