We are like sailors who on the open sea must reconstruct their ship but are never able to start afresh from the bottom.Where a beam is taken away a new one must at once be put there, and for this the rest of the ship is used as support. In this way, by using the old beams and driftwood the ship can be shaped entirely anew, but only by gradual reconstruction.
-Otto Neurath

  1. Identity is closer to a swarm of bees than a single cat.

  2. Water seeks its lowest point and takes the shape of its container

  3. the game of deliberate knowledge:
    make a sentence of something you don't like about yourself.
change the pronoun from 'I' to 'he' or 'she' or you.’
    say this new sentence quietly, with a furrowed brow.
  4. Each morning, you are only very similar to the person you were yesterday, never the same.
  5. Considering that the world is a simulation, mistrust that which appears constant.

  6. A pillar is pen, a wheel is a dinner plate, a leg is a branch, a hand is a magnet.

  7. ∆T is inconstant

  8. The body is only a machine, treat it well, but know that it will eventually fail.
  9. ineptitude, vulnerability & failure paired with sincerity, authenticity, and empathy.

  10. diagrammatic tools of defenses and weaknesses, dependencies and crutches. The multitude of things and people that we use as support are an integral facet of who we are.

  11. We are our children’s children
  12. We are neither singular nor static, but rather: dynamic accumulations. In noting this fluidity, we are also faced with a less constant or stable sense of self. On one hand, we have flexibility, on the other, vulnerability.

  13. nobody really wants to be friends with someone who has onions for hands, either.

  14. Thermodynamics, 2nd law.

  15. Expectation is the root of disappointment

  16. The drum of a washing machine is a cannon is a fire pit is a strainer is an exclusion of those largest things is a commitment to the small; a window is a record of direction is a prediction of the future is the admission of its existence; a bowl is a cantaloupe is unnamed desire is heartbreaking regret.

  17. Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities- The city on the postcard and the city at hand have nothing in common but for the coincidence of having the same name.

  18. Disagreeability is necessary for progress, but maybe not for making friends.

  19. I keep having dreams that involve loss of limbs.

  20. There are places everywhere.

  21. A quote from a six year old named Lu: the world is big, that’s why we are standing still.
  22. We are all made things- collections of images that we hope might trump the reality that pales in comparison to the story. But we are the authors- we can reclaim our weaknesses as a universal bond; the strong fibre of shared existence.

-eric ehrnschwender 2015



Eric was raised just north of Cincinnati. While at Vanderbilt University he won the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, allowing him to travel to the Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (SÍM) residency in Reykjavík. It also helped convince him to not go to dental school; he has instead worked as a screen printer, web designer, artist assistant, and mercenary crisis aversion specialist, before enrolling at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Eric spent the summer between years at Cranbrook at the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC) in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands learning, assisting, and making.

He has shown in the Midwest, the Midsouth, and internationally in Iceland and the Netherlands.

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