Erin Elyse Burns was raised in Reno, Nevada. She earned her BFA from the University of Nevada in 2004. She has lived and worked in Basel, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany and has exhibited her work widely. She completed her MFA at the University of Washington in 2009 and currently resides in Seattle where she teaches at the University of Washington and North Seattle College.

Burns’ artwork occupies territory between image, performance and artifact. The content of her artwork is often influenced by an attraction to overwhelming landscapes. She is often cast as a solitary figure within these environments in order to create experiences that evoke a sense of the picturesque, the humorous, the vulnerable and the absurd. She creates objects that are given life and context when activated in front of the camera. Concepts of private ritual, identity, physicality and fascinations with the process of learning and failure persist within her work.