is mixed race, antiimperialist, japanese, femme-fluid movement artist, dancer, designer, educator, and emergent strategist living on the lands of the Osage, Miami, Sioux, and Kiikaapoi people sometimes called Saint Louis, MO.
in her creative practices as a dancer and designer, her interests include: question-making as a vehicle of connection and transformation; the ways people relate to and move through change; and subverting dominant systems of power, privilege, and oppression. she tends to explore themes of interdependence, change, justice, complexity, fluidity, power, identity, and the individual and collective body.
erika is heavily influenced by the works of Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, adrienne maree brown, Leah Lakshmi Piepna-Samarasinha, Mai C. Doan, and others.
as a freelance movement artist, erika’s first live performance post-lockdown was in Josiah Gunderson’s new work, fragmented dreamscapes, which premiered in august 2021. she will be performing again in november 2021 with the Modern American Dance Company. previously, she performed, choreographed, and taught with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company.
as a design strategist, she supports people and teams in designing experiences and products that are accessible, consentful, and rooted in Design Justice principles and anti-oppression.
she also teaches visual design, interaction design, and design research at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.