Erin Dickson combines architecture and digital technology to create sculpture, installation, and performance that considers the emotional qualities of urban and domestic spaces. Drawing on phenomenological theory, she explores the relationship between sensory experience and architectural space. Intimate connections to space are achieved through the anthropomorphisation of buildings, allowing one to form a relationship that goes beyond mere inhabitation. In Hidden Narratives, Dickson continues her Window Series, which documents her obsession with what it means to have a home, isolating and freezing views through rooms in which she has lived. Similar to framing pictures of loved ones, this body of work enables one to appreciate the worth of each individual view, and how often beauty, comfort, and love can be found in the commonplace. In this work and the new series Clouds, she advances an innovative new process that merges photography, digital manufacturing, and kilnforming, using the color depth of the glass to create imagery.
Born in North East England, Dickson studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, gaining her RIBA Part I in 2009. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, her PhD research, The Quirks of Intimate Space: Architectonic Art Practice translated through Digital Technology in Glass, was completed at the University of Sunderland in 2016. As a digital designer and fabricator, she also serves as a waterjet technician at National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland. Dickson was awarded an inaugural Technology Advancing Glass grant from the Glass Art Society in 2014 for Window Series. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, and can currently be seen in the UK, Germany, Italy and the USA.