Erick Swenson was born in 1972 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts at the University of North Texas in Denton. Much of Swenson’s work uses animal forms to explore themes of vulnerability, loss, and mortality. Due to his meticulous process and skill required to create these works, Swenson’s sculptures can take months – sometimes years – to complete. Beyond the initial awe at the objects’ making, however, lie poignant narratives that tackle the complexities of human existence.
Swenson gained international recognition when his work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Since then, his works have been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Saatchi Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii. His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.