Interview with Erick Medel

Could you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what kind of work you make?

I’m currently living in Los Angeles but I’ll be moving to Providence in the fall to attend RISD for my MFA. I create work that reflects the constant changes in my surroundings. I’m interested in documenting spaces in transition such as construction sites and how they relate to issues of gentrification and access.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

My medium format film camera, laptop and lighting equipment are a must in my studio. Monographs and art books are also import to stay motivated and inspired.
What types of obstacles have you run into in your artistic practice and how do you go about navigating around them?

I tend to work on more than one project at a time which can be challenging but I find it exhilarating because it pushes me to expand my ideas and experiment. Sometimes an idea won’t go that far but it becomes a starting point for a future project. 

What do you feel are the recurring themes in your visual work? 

I gravitate towards analyzing power dynamics, inequality and social structures which inform most of my recent work.

Is there a particular artist you feel you relate to? Who are your role models (artists or non-artists)? 

Rachel Harrison, Letha Wilson, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Sarah Oppenheimer, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Oscar Murillo to mention just a few. I feel inspired by these artists and their approach to art making.

What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve been given? 

Experimentation leads to growth

Check out Erick's work, currently in our exhibition, Under Way