Eric Anthony Berdis
By embracing a maximalist aesthetic, my work incorporates archival research, personal secrets, and pubescent gay boy glamour. Through appliqué, embellishment, and dye processes I seek to create a stimulating yet jarring experience, while creating a world that is both familiar and inherently strange to the viewer. Thrift store cast-offs, hobbyist craft supplies, and saturated drawings are reassembled into a cast of characters and costumes that balance the line between ghost, creature, and friend. None of which are to cover the body or hide uncomfortable truths of failure, becoming; the AIDs epidemic; or navigating inclusive conversations and spaces.