NDAGA

Eric A. Johnson

Printmaking

Eric A. Johnson was raised on a farm near Embden, North Dakota. Having no formal art training he took his first art class from Wayne Tollefson at North Dakota State University, where he received his degree in art. He earned his MFA at the University of North Dakota and currently works and resides in Fingal, North Dakota.

Artist Statement

"While growing up on a farm in rural North Dakota, some people had expected me to join the farming community. As I grew older I realized that farming didn't suit me for a career. I wanted the independence and freedom of farming, but also needed an output for my creativity.

Art-making wasn't really even a thought for me until I took my first art classes. It didn't take long for me to realize that it was what I was meant to do. The creative process has become a way for me to work through issues and turn them into something visually interesting. I use both the city and the tree to represent the anxiety, as well as other emotions associated with life changes and events common to everyone, such as birth, death, relationships, and disease.

When I am printing I often spend hours at a time thinking about life, listening to music, and pondering reality."