Erin Solomons

Student Researcher, UCA Rochester

Research Student, School of Fine Art and Photography

Research Project Title
Generational and Gendered Trauma: How do punitive bodily experiences from the American Civil War relate to Borderline Personality Disorder?

Research:

Performance and photography are used to critically assess the role of detachment in violent trauma. Specifically, my project analyzes how prolonged experiences of violent objectification, of a person’s body, are carried into the present through maladaptive self-regulatory behaviors. I approach trauma through a behavioral scientific perspective, which refers to work by John Bowlby, Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, and Dr. Jeffery Young. Case studies include photographs from the American Civil War, and artists, such as Helen Chadwick, Ron Athey, and Marina Abramovic. The goal of my research is to generate an empathic critical portrayal about trauma behind self-injurious coping patterns.  

Biography

Erin Solomons recieved her BA (Hons) in Art Practice at Goldsmiths College, and her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art. Over the past few years, Solomons’ artworks became a part of the Goldsmiths College collection, a finalist in the Celeste Prize in Photography, and received a Magnum Photo graduate award. Within the past year, Solomons was awarded the Wood Institute Travel Grant to conduct research at the College of the Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum; and won the Swansea College of Art Book Award.

Activities

(July 2017)

Fifteenth International Conference:

New Directions for the Humanities

Common Ground Research Network

Imperial College

London, UK

(June 2017)

Curiosity and Cognition: Embodies Things 1400-1900

CRASSH

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, UK

(November 2016)

Wood Institute Travel Grant

College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA, USA

 

(September 2016)

Photography + Con(text)

Institute of Archeology

University College London

London, UK

(August 2016)

WEI International Academic Conference

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA, USA

(July 2016)

Ninth Global Conference of Probing the Boundaries: Madness

Interdisciplinary Press

Mansfield College

University of Oxford,

Oxford, UK

(April 2016)

Immateriality: Possibilities & Experiences

University for the Creative Arts

Canterbury, UK

 

Supervisors
Professor Jean Wainwright

Steffi Klenz

Further information
Erin's website
Erin at UCA