TR Ericsson [American, b. 1972] presents the story of his mother’s life to create a complex portrait of post-industrial life in America that is at times both soft and searing. He constructs his work using traditional art materials such as canvas, bronze, photography, and clay as well as video, found objects, and artifacts from his family archives. Ericsson’s ongoing project Crackle & Drag began following his mother’s 2003 suicide. It begins as an intimate encounter with this archive and becomes a potent opportunity to reflect and scrutinize the trials and tribulations of our own lives. This project was the subject a solo exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art and accompanying monograph “Crackle & Drag” published by Yale University Press in 2015, as well as a solo exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY in the fall of 2017. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, MoMA, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among others.