I have chosen the path of an artist, perhaps for only one reason that holds water: it is my one sole gambit to elude the ever-hungry beast of solitude. When a fellow wanderer catches sight of my madness and silently tips their hat in recognition, that is the magic. Words, in this frenzied lunatic world often falter and fail, forever falling short. But art? Art violently kicks open the door, ushering in the oddities with gusto and lets the weird in.
Eric Rottcher, a talented painter and collage artist working from Gettysburg, PA, has recently achieved remarkable success in the art world. His paintings and mixed media collages have gained popularity among collectors both in the United States and internationally. Eric pursued a Fine Art degree with a focus on Aesthetics at Shippensburg University, earning his BA in 2011.
During his college years, Eric faced a difficult time when his mother experienced a brain aneurysm and two strokes. This tragic event led him to take a step back from the art world after graduation, and he struggled with depression and substance abuse for many years. Fortunately, Eric is not only back in the art scene but in the studio everyday producing and creating new works of art.
Eric Rottcher sits precariously between the worlds of Fine Art and Lowbrow. His unique vision and approach involves integrating elements such as old photographs and images sourced from books and magazines. Through this visual language, Eric creates collages that pay homage to the traditional analog methods of the Dadaists by creating captivating worlds.
He decontextualizes the old and reconstructs new meaningful dialogues about mental illness, addiction, religion, humor, death, love secretiveness, and the nature of beauty.