Erik Wolken is a North Carolina artisan working in wood. His creates unique wall sculpture, free-standing sculpture, cabinets, and chairs, mostly in poplar and cherry. Erik studied Geography at West Virginia University, and furniture design at Chabot College and Indiana University.
“My path as an artist has traveled from being a traditional trained furniture maker to incorporating a more sculptural aesthetic in my work to finally exploring pure sculpture and to fluidly moving between all three. In the midst of this my guiding light is to find a rhythm and poetry in my pieces that is a confluence lines, color, texture and graphic imagery that tells a narrative, for at its most basic
I think my work is about story telling. My pieces are often the result of a process of discovery. Seldom do I start with a plan written in stone but a series of rough pencil sketches and the belief that I can divine the meaning of a piece in the process of building it.”