Peterhead student Ericka presents final year show

A Peterhead art student has produced a collection of work heavily influenced by religion and cultures that celebrates the life of the dead, as part of her final year show at Robert Gordon University.

Saturday, 12th July 2014, 6:00 am
Ericka with some of her work.
Ericka with some of her work.

Ericka Smith, a printmaking student at Gray’s School of Art, saw her work go on show to the public as part of the School’s annual Degree Show recently and will graduate from RGU on Friday, July 18.

Using large scale woodcuts and screen printing techniques, the former Peterhead Academy pupil named her show ‘The Deep Six’ and set out to provoke the audience into contemplating their own mortality.

Commenting on her show, Ericka said: “My work and practice has been influenced through my interest in religion and culture that embraces death and celebrates the life of the dead.

“My initial interest in this subject was researching the Charnel Houses in Europe and how the same treatment towards respecting the dead is practiced within Mexican culture.”

Ericka hopes to gain artist residencies in South America after graduating this month to broaden her knowledge of particular cultures.

She added: “My time at Gray’s School of Art is an experience I will always cherish.

“Not only have I been taught key skills in printmaking, it has broadened my knowledge in art history and the diversity of the art community and where my own artwork fits in.”