Erika Norton Urie
My principal photographic interests have centered around capturing the things which tie the present to the past; those things which are ordinary and interconnected with the every day; trees, people, landscapes, streets, animals or just objects. Since 1990 I have utilized photography as my language to articulate the losses, joys, changes and transitions in my life over the subsequent decades using photography as a cathartic exercise of expression and communication.
More recently I have become interested in the human obsession with creating ‘Other Worlds’. Much like science fiction, fantasy, romance, genres in literature, or stuffed animals, doll houses or mannequins in the realm of play stand in as ‘other worlds’-- visions for what we fear, what we wish for, what we remember or what we regret. The rapid destruction by human activity of the world that sustains and nourishes us compounds this obsession. As an artist I attempt to explore why we might prefer fabricated worlds as an alternative to the real worlds we are dealt and perhaps to ask what’s behind the tremendous burdens we’ve imposed on the earth, on our hearts and our psychologies- our real worlds.
I have worked and lived in New York City since 1983 and now reside between upper Manhattan and Glenside, PA. along with my husband Rob and our cats.