TR Ericsson (b. 1972, US) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, for over 20 years. He uses the story of his mother to present a searing, soft, and complex portrait of post-industrial life in America. Ericsson constructs his work using traditional art materials such as canvas, bronze, photography, and clay as well as video, found objects, and artifacts taken from his family archives. "Crackle & Drag", Ericsson's ongoing project, started during the years following his mother's suicide in 2003. It begins as an intimate encounter with an artist's family archive and becomes a potent opportunity to reflect and scrutinize the trials and tribulations of our own lives, taking on historical significance as it documents and transforms three generations of life in the American Midwest. In 2015, this project lead to a solo exhibition at Transformer Station/Cleveland Museum of Art and an award winning monograph of his work, published by Yale University Press, to accompany the exhibition. In 2017, he was selected for a solo exhibition at the Print Center’s 91st Annual International Competition (Philadelphia, PA, US). In the same year he had a second solo exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY, US) titled "I Was Born to Bring You into This World", curated by DJ Hellerman. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the MoMA, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Progressive Art Collection (Ohio) and many others.