artist Lisa Erdman has worked in variety of multimedia-related
environments as a digital media artist, writer, educator,
and performer. Using corporate parody and satirical humor, Lisa's multimedia art explores the politics of gender, race, and cultural identity. Since 1992,
her videos, poetry, and multimedia performances have been
as The Kitchen Performance Space in New York City; "Root
'98 Electronic Arts Festival" at Hull Time-Based Arts
in Hull, England; 1997 ISEA International Symposium of Electronic
Arts in Chicago, Illinois; "Cine Estudiantil" Latino
Film Festival in Enseñada, Mexico.
from her own Dominican-American heritage, a good portion of Lisa's
writing and artwork examines the politics of consumerist culture
and ethnic identity in the United States. Throughout her life, she
frequently traveled between the
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic,
to spend time with relatives in both cities. As a young woman growing
up in a bicultural environment, Lisa was often faced with questions
involving the ambiguity of her ethnic identity. Out of a desire
to explore the nature of her mixed heritage, and in an effort
elements of her two cultures into her life, she began to address these
questions of identity in her work.
fall of 2003, Lisa received a grant from the Washington D.C.
Commission for the Arts and Humanities,
her poem, “Café con
Leche: The First Cup”. The poem explores the nature
of Dominican-American identity. In October of 2003, the poem
was included in "Our Voices, Our Images – A
Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month", an exhibition
of painting and poetry
Development Bank in Washington D.C.
From 1998-2001, Lisa served as a Web designer and Art Director
for the interactive division of Harte-Hanks,
Inc., an international
direct marketing company located in Lake Katrine, New York. In 2000,
she received an Outstanding Achievement Award for her graphic
design work and managerial efforts at Harte-Hanks.
Lisa Erdman holds a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Interarts & Technology
from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1997,
she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic
in Troy, New York.
by Rick Runion.