familiar embrace, 2017
shibari rope, size US 50 knitting needle tips attached to nylon cable
approx. 40” x 16” x 2”
daughters of nightmare, 2016
stoneware bust spray-painted, covered with encaustic medium & pigment, lined with velvety thrift store dress (polyester, MOTHERHOOD ™️), quilted/sutured with embroidery thread
2’ x 1.5’ x 10’
Erika Niko Barrios is a second-generation Salvadoran American artist who grew up in southern California. They completed their B.A. in Gender & Women’s Studies at University of California, Berkeley in 2011. Their work draws on intersectional feminisms, queer and critical race theory, mental health discourses, family history and personal narrative.
on the edge of sleep lies visions of both warmth and brittle vulnerability.
filtered residual memories resurface and undulate
echoing generations of women
and disguised identities.
(his) cup runneth over.
silencing resigns itself to nonsensical ritual
and midnight howls,
or claiming pain and play
as a radical statement of existence