Erik Hagen examines contemporary natural resource issues and explores the notion of geologic time relative to human history. Hagen said, “When people see my mixed media paintings, installations and wall relief sculptures, I’d like them to contemplate the depth of geologic time and experience the wonder of being alive in this relatively short moment.”
Hagen was born in 1967 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He studied art and art history at Carleton College (BA) and won a post-graduate art residency at Carleton for one year. Hagen has additional degrees in environmental engineering and water resources management from the University of Washington (BSCE, MSCE). He directed water-resources planning and operations for the Washington DC metro area, and later worked with Congress on environmental legislation. A passion for communicating science to non-technical audiences is a passion throughout his career as an engineer, policy analyst, and artist.
Hagen’s book and art exhibit called “Exploring Beauty” is a collection of essays and portraits investigating conceptions of appearance and identity that showed in The Hague and in Antwerp. His solo exhibition “Fossils of the Anthropocene” toured DC and Houston, and was reviewed by the Smithsonian and by local newspapers in 2014.
Hagen moved to Houston in 2012. He is Vice President of the Houston Visual Arts Alliance, a non-profit artist membership organization, and serves on its Exhibitions Committee. Hagen has been a featured artist on Houston Artblog 713 (http://www.HALT713.com), which showcases emerging artists of the Houston area.
His artworks are found in public and private collections across the country and abroad, including the Sea Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, MA, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. Gallerie Corazon in Santa Fe, New Mexico represents Hagen. In Houston, his work can be found in Mixed Emotions Gallery, Serrano Gallery and his studio in The Silos at 1502 Sawyer Street.