Andrew Edlin Gallery is pleased to present Conscious/Unconscious, a solo exhibition of the art of Etta Ehrlich.
Ehrlich has no formal art training and has been a practicing psychologist for over 40 years. Her counseling process is deeplyinfused with the tenets of Eastern thought and meditation. She began her artmaking in 1999 by physically applying the text of her own haiku – like sayings onto the surfaces of antique or rare glass bottles. The play between the stenciled block letters and the fragile, worn artifacts shapes the meaning of Ehrlich's messages, making them more searing and worthy of contemplation.
More recently, the artist has expanded her use of materials to include discarded windows, cigar boxes, vials , and other historical markers significant for their designs and former functions. Retired from their original purpose, Ehrlich uses these objects as vehicles for her powerful ideas and beliefs arrived at through a lifetime of devotion to the awareness of unconscious thought – being conscious of the unconscious.
Conscious/Unconscious is Etta Ehrlich's first solo gallery exhibition. Her work has been presented at several venues in New Jersey including Rutgers University.