Eric Saline received his MFA in 2-D Art, with a concentration in Printmaking and Paper-making, from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2005, and his BA from Colorado College in 2000. Eric was born in Cincinnati, OH in 1978 and has been on the move ever since, including a Fulbright Senior Scholar’s Fellowship teaching at Morocco’s National Institute of Fine Art.
He has lived all over the USA, France, Morocco and normally lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden as Department Head of Design Technology, Visual Arts and Theory of Knowledge course-areas at Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet’s International Baccalaureate Organization’s (IBO) Diploma Programme Section.
He has also worked for 6 years as both Visiting Lecturer at Akademin Valand in Gothenburg University, and as the Chair of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Art Committee, to develop Professional Development courses for art educators at international schools around the world.
Eric makes his own paper out of recycled materials and uses woodblock and silkscreen prints, as well as paint and other mixed mediums on the surfaces of his paper. He works in a variety of formats, including books, print-collages, and site-specific installations, with paper as the main-element, but also utilising other materials on occasion.
Smaller works, such as prints, magazines and books, provide a shift in scale, but yield a similar feeling of intimacy and discovery for the viewer. In his installation work, Eric uses paper to orchestrate large-scale immersive paper environments, playing off surrounding architectural features, often employing dramatic lighting and shadows to add theatricality.
Not only does Eric make his paper from recycled materials, but he also recycles his sculptures after a show is complete by continuing to print, cut and glue, adding surface activity on his papers to reuse in a completely new context in the next show.
The artwork included are testimony of Eric’s recent experiments exploring pattern, space, color and material properties. Eric’s process is a blend of careful planning on a variety of computer programmes to develop matrices for laser-cutting and printmaking techniques.