Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lisa Erdman grew up in a bicultural household, spending much of her life navigating between the United States and the Dominican Republic. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked in variety of environments as an artist, graphic designer, writer, educator, and performer. Lisa has participated in two, month-long artist residencies: one at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China (2006), and the other at the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, Hungary (2008).
Using corporate parody and satirical humor, Lisa's multimedia art explores the politics of gender, race, and cultural identity. She is interested in examining the internal and external mechanisms that shape our personal identities and our sense of cultural reality. In the process of this investigation, her artwork borrows from the concepts of surrealism, political satire, science fiction, and absurdist performative strategies reminiscent of the Fluxus and Dadaist traditions.
Since 1992, Lisa's videos, installations, and performances have been presented in such venues as: The Kitchen Performance Space in New York City; The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland; SIGGRAPH Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Boston; the IDBA Bank and Cultural Center in Washington D.C.; and the Cine Estudiantil Latino Film Festival in Enseñada, Mexico.
Lisa Erdman's academic degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Interarts & Technology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison ('94), and a Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York ('97). Currently, Lisa lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.