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Erika Rier

"And we'll walk and quietly talk all through the country of your skin" —Okkervil River

Working in multiple disciplines, Portland based artist Erika Rier's work has a joyous feel combined with something more dark and sinister. Exploring ceramics, paintings, drawings and experimental 'zines, Erika's visually complex and brightly colored works often reveal a darker side of humanity and femininity.

This body of work was heavily influenced by my experiences being on lockdown during covid, local politics, and my experiences being a woman in this current political climate.

Where do you dream of going? 

I dream of going back to a little rocky point in the Bay of Fundy which was a little parcel of land my father briefly owned when I was a teenager..

What artists influenced your work? 

Edouard Vuillard, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Henry Darger

Name three things on your bucket list.

To make massive art, have a proper NYC gallery show, to eat real caviar and blinis

What was one of the best experiences of your life?

The day my daughter told me she wanted to attend culinary school was a surprisingly wonderful moment in my life. To have this human, who I have raised, find the spark in life that excites her has been more meaningful than I could have imagined.


Erika Rier is a self-taught interdisciplinary artist working in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, and ceramics in a style she calls folk surrealism. Writing was her first love and she still secretly writes fiction but never poetry anymore. Having lived in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, NYC, and Arizona, and Washington state; Erika now resides in Portland, OR. She also has one of each of the following: a husband, a daughter, a fluffy cat, and a black cat.

Erika Rier lives and works in Portland, Oregon.