Collage artist cuts into art scene


Although she still is an undergraduate, fine arts major Erin Case has already established herself as a prolific artist.

Case’s work can be seen in two issues of Cardinal Sins, and she will be published again in the fall 2012 issue set to come out Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Aside from her Cardinal Sins publications, she has been published in multiple online magazines.  Most recently, Red Lightbulbs,  a Chicago-based literary magazine, has published her and Andrew Tamlyn’s collaborative series “Haircut.”

One piece from the series won the Color Artwork Award.

When the most recent issue of Cardinal Sins comes out, Case will have had more than 14 of her pieces published in the journal.  These publications include both individual and collaborative projects.

She focuses on collage work, which she started by making fliers for events.

“I really enjoyed the feel of an exacto (knife) in my hand and the hunt for fitting images,” she said.  “It felt crafty, though, making fliers, and I thought how much I might like to take a stab at making something expressive through collage. Once I did, I was kind of hooked.”

Of all her work to be published in Cardinal Sins, she is most proud of “Rub It In.”

“(It’s) not because it is my favorite collage, but because it was the first art I had ever submitted to any sort of publication and the first collage I had ever really shared with people,” Case said.  “To have won a best artwork award for it gave me a much-needed confidence boost and made me feel I could and should share what I was doing.”

Case is not shy about sharing her work these days.  With the Cardinal Sins and online magazine publications under her belt, she is looking for new means to share her work.

“I’d like to set up some exhibitions relatively soon,” she said.

Rebecca Wilson, the director of Saatchi Gallery London, recently commissioned Case to do an exclusive piece for its holiday collection.

The resulting piece is now available on the Saatchi website at

Most of Case’s inspiration comes her experiences and her feelings toward them.

“The human condition, our tendencies, ability to make mistakes, to forgive, to love, to loathe, it all fascinates, uplifts, destroys and ultimately inspires me,” Case said.

Case’s artistic goal is to successfully communicate her ideas and message through her work.  She said this is probably true for most artists.

Though ideally she would like to be able to support herself solely through her art, Case is seeking higher education to establish a more solid financial plan for the future.

“Aside from the learning experience in college, (I want) a practical backup career option,” Case said.

After getting her bachelor’s degree, she plans to join the express teacher certification program and work as an art educator for youth.

More of Case’s work not shown in Cardinal Sins can be seen at