Artist and imagemaker Deanna Erdmann grew up in a small town in the Mojave Desert in California. The first of her family, she received her undergraduate education at UCI and graduate education at UCSD.  She ran the photo programs at Venice Arts, a mentoring program for low income and marginalized youth for three and a half years before becoming the New Genres Lab Supervisor at UCLA. She periodically teaches undergraduates focusing on various facets of image making, their implications and possibilities.  She is currently working on a public art commission for the Los Angeles Metro slated to open in 2018.  She has exhibited her work in museums and galleries including the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, the Orange County Museum of Art and the Torrance Art Museum. She is a recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Visual Artists and the Center for Creative Innovation Artist Resource Completion Grant.


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I use still and moving images from both found and original footage to create my work. I create hypnotic or hallucinatory experiences to wrench viewers from the everyday. These projects create an awareness of one’s own perceptive capacity, and propose new strategies for viewing that challenge habitual engagement.

Using transitory, repeated, and improvised editorial gestures I manipulate and massage footage into new forms, re-arranging it, destabilizing it.  The resulting combinations of images, movement and sound coalesce, creating visceral and meditative experiences.  

Never tackling an issue head on—but through sensorial and experiential engagement, I invite the audience as collaborators as they grapple with and synthesize images, becoming agents in the creative process. Operating at the intersection of aesthetics and politics, my work seeks to provide a sense of experiential agency by activating both ideas and our bodily relationship to them.  While not overtly didactic, political content resonates within the aesthetic structure of the work in ways provocative rather than resolute.