Erica Castellini is a self-trained, multi-media artist who is also a practicing, licensed acupuncturist and clinical social worker. Her works are inspired by both her personal and professional experiences and relationships.
Her artwork and process have morphed into her visual language and become a primary outlet of expression, it provokes as she pulls us along the journey of her internal joys and struggles.
The theatrical, dramatic, and divine are layered throughout her works and in the process, she has used reoccurring themes and a sharp whit.
Placing the divine of woman and all the earthly delights that have been woven throughout history placed these images front and center in a contemporary context that embraces empowerment, sexuality, and diversity. An unapologetic view from her personal experiences and emotions.
Erica Castellini lives and works in Asbury Park, NJ, a seaside community that is best known as a mecca for musicians and artists.
The depth of her body of work includes collages, paintings, and sculptures. She finds inspiration among her peers and her passion for the creative process which allows for a greater dialogue that inspires her on a daily basis.
Growing up I always needed a creative outlet. It helped calm my mind and focus my energy. I stopped creating artwork in my twenties for numerous reasons. In my thirties, I realized I was missing something in my day-to-day life. I had an ah-ha moment one day after a long day at my office treating patients. I wasn't utilizing my creativity in a way that fed my soul. Yes, I am creative with how I treat my acupuncture patients and how I counsel my other patients but there was something missing. My friend randomly dropped off a stack of playboy magazines from the 1960s and I started to collage. Over time my collage style has morphed into images that still astound me. I started painting with acrylics and dabbling with oil paints. I use multiple materials in my collages from resin, fabric, loose canvas, wax, paper, and whatever random thing I come across that may fit into that piece. I utilize different size canvases and usually have series that all have a common theme. I make sure I work on 1-2 pieces a day. I am extremely grateful to be surrounded by extraordinary artists who always provoke my brain to think of different ways to approach a piece or teach me techniques they have learned throughout the years. I use my art to express myself and always hope it provokes a feeling in someone else.