I explore the interface between art and science – aesthetically and philosophically – in photography, intaglio and related print media and in artist books from traditional bindings to sculptural books.
As a book artist and mixed-media artist I have highlighted the incredible micro-architecture of the biological world, the shapes, textures and patterns that evoke awe and emotions in a metaphysical plane above their inherent scientific content. I hope my books evoke emotions, inquiry, wonderment and reawaken an appreciation of nature’s wonders, and our inner being. In representing science and nature in books I try to incorporate natural materials into structure and thematic content. I am passionate about the hidden beauty inherent in the “microscopic” world and the impressive potential afforded by “the book” as an art form.
I not only continue to participate in a variety of activities involving the book arts, printmaking and photography, but, as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba (2017–2021), I am actively engaged in mentoring, creative dialogue, lectures and workshops revolving around science, art and the book arts. The cross-pollination of science, art and imagination has led to my installing a microscopy imaging lab/studio within the School of Art… which, I believe to be a first in Canada.
You can find Erwin’s work in the shop here.