I consider myself a process artist and it is often during the act of scavenging for materials that I meditate and develop the concepts for the work I am about to create. I often leave the initial stages of my work open and uncertain while intuitively working out a resolution that will decide its final outcome based on the suggestive qualities of the medium and materials at hand.

Through my artwork and installations, I am visually narrating a beautiful dream battled by an undercurrent of destruction. My goal is to take the viewer to a place where chaos meets peace and loose meets refinement while depicting the struggle to connect the awakened state to the desires found within. Pulling from a repeating theme of symbolic imagery, the intent of my work is to create an honest reminder to pursue a life of significance and live out our dreams. 

Erik Otto is a visual artist, freelance graphic designer, and co-owner of New Leaf Collection - a limited edition product line focused on art and charity. Otto's personal work has been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally and is represented by The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. He currently holds an Artist Residency at the SF Recycling & Disposal and lives and works in the sunny Mission District on San Francisco.