As an artist/explorer, Erin's work seeks to lessen the distance between “out there” and “down here”; what exists out in the vast cosmos she wants to be able to hold in her hands. She continuously investigates materials that support this underlining desire, and as a result, her studio practice expands to include: graphic design, book arts, papermaking, printmaking, and fiber arts.
In recent work, she is especially drawn to a new process that allows her to manipulate and participate in creating her own “big bangs” by combining powdered pigment and baking soda with vinegar and infusing that reaction into sheets of handmade paper. Along with this process, she adapts Ukrainian folk art traditions from her ancestry such as the use of embroidery, color symbolism, and natural dyes to create work that is simultaneously celestial and tangible, immense and intimate.
Erin Malkowski is a Philadelphia book artist, printmaker, and graphic designer, as well as a book conservation technician. Erin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Graphic Design from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2010, and completed her Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts and Printmaking from University of the Arts in 2014.
Erin is currently the instructor of Basics of Graphic Software at the University of the Arts. She is also Assistant Book Conservation Technician at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library at the University of Pennsylvania and Conservation Technician at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. As an artist, Erin’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and upcoming exhibitions include Latitude at PRESS: LetterPRESS as a Public Art Project, North Adams, MA, The Floating Library 2015 in Minneapolis, MN, Bound and Unbound III in Vermillion, SD, and an international exhibition to be held this fall in Australia. Her artist book We Float Like Dust has recently been added to special collection libraries across the country, including Olin Library at Wesleyan University and the Robert Hass Family Arts Library at Yale University.