Erin Adair grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and completed a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Oberlin College in 2014. She currently works as a math and science tutor at Lorain County Community College in Ohio. Since 2015 Erin has worked as an intern at Zygote Press, a community printmaking studio. In her internship with Zygote Press, she has had the opportunity to experiment with a variety of print techniques, to teach letterpress printmaking classes, and to be immersed in a community of artists.
In the last four years, Erin has had the great gift of learning from organizers who work to dismantle white supremacy. White supremacy and settler colonialism are ingrained in the everyday of US citizens, and undermining it can feel impossible. She is less experienced, and the path is confusing and complicated, and freedom movements in the USA have consistently been met with violence, often government-sanctioned. The study of history and the practice of art keep me from despair.
Erin is drawn to printmaking because of the excitement of printmaking experimentation, and the printmaking spirit. Printmaking is painstaking and involves immersion in a process, where she could sit in discomfort and frustration and rework an image rather than demand a gratifying and easy end. She also appreciates the flexibility and accessibility of a print—She can hand them out, send them in the mail, make them easily with friends, post them on walls. They are at home in everyday spaces.