Whoever knew that peeling cement could be beautiful, or could make a strong statement about transience, and the inevitable end that awaits us all?
Erik Sommer, a contemporary artist based in New York, has been experimenting with the use of cement as an art medium for years.
I have always been attracted to gritty, peeling, crackly textures, and found that by mixing cement with oils and acrylics and other industrial materials I can recreate, speed up and control the physical aging process. My work is about the passing of time, but also the preservation of this passing as a reflection on mortality. I try to search for the beauty in such diminished materials.