Erik Waterkotte's work centers on concepts of belief, ritual, and space. He uses print and graphic production to intersect the archetypal, the inherited, and the Phenomenological. Layered graphics are based on his family history, Catholic-upbringing, and fascination with early-American occult. Contemplating his family history and the influence of religion in turn-of-the-century America, Waterkotte creates artwork that explores the representations and constructions of belief.
Waterkotte is an Associate Professor of Print Media in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He has exhibited his artwork both nationally and internationally, with recent exhibitions at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, Georgia; the FAB Gallery at the University of Alberta, Canada; The Bisonte Foundation in Florence, Italy; the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida; and the Landmarks Art Gallery of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. His work is part of several collections including the Weisman Art Museum, Purdue University Galleries, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Waterkotte has been the recipient of several awards, residencies, and grants including an Affiliate Artist Residency at the McColl Center for Art & Innovation in Charlotte.