The Monarch butterfly, known for its migrations through North America, is an emblematic representation of an individual without borders. The multimedia artist Erika Harrsch has dedicated herself to this symbol of constant mobility in her installations and paintings to address matters of identity, gender, and migration. Her work is at once sweet and provocative. She travels the world sharing her various butterflies from Bogotá and Seattle to Antwerp and Aleppo, Syria. Come March of this year, she will have a solo show at Chelsea gallery. She says “I am creating chaotic landscapes that incorporate world currency as butterflies where the power of money creates an effect on environment.“
Place of Birth: Mexico, DF.
Parents: My father was born in Mexico City from German-Mexican father and French mother with French-Spanish/Aztec blood. That makes me a French passport holder besides proudly having my Mexican one. My mother was born in Cuernavaca and is Spanish-Mexican. Most of my European blood comes from my father side and he looks totally Mexican and most of my Mexican blood comes from my mother who is a beautiful red-haired woman with freckles.
Occupation: Artist full time. Aspiration: Happiness.
When did you move to NYC and why? Ten years ago driven by a dream to be a successful artist in New York.
Name a New York moment. When my boyfriend kissed me inside a security vault and I was holding his most expensive (six numbers) Stradivarius violin.
What’s your drink of choice? Tequila, a Martini, and a good not so sweet Cosmo.
What is your favorite song? My favorite composer Philip Glass.
Which Mexican do you most admire and why? Every Mexican that keeps loving its country and has the ability to keep creative, productive, and positive no matter the adversities and atrocities we have to face in our Mexico lindo y querido.
Describe a fun or interesting fact about you. To be able to make public my most obscure, funny, bizarre, ridiculous, sarcastic, serious, secretive, intimate facts of my self as an art piece.