Erik Durant is a sculptor he utilizes the human figure to explore narratives both known and unknown.
Erik Durant was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He studied History and Sculpture at Southern Connecticut State University. In 2001 he moved to New Bedford to attend the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He completed an MFA in Sculpture in 2004. In 2006 he began teaching at Bristol Community College and is currently the Coordinator of the Fine Arts program. Durant regularly shows his work between Providence and New Bedford. He has also shown in New York and Texas. In addition to his own personal body of work Durant has recently completed the New Bedford Fisherman’s Tribute Monument and the memorial statue for former Massachusetts State Representative Tom Lopes, both unveiled in 2016.
Durant’s personal work is primarily a quest to understand the seemingly absurd world that surrounds all of us. As a sculptor, he utilizes the human figure to explore narratives both known and unknown. The characters that he chooses to sculpt tend to be rooted in the past but are his own imaginings of things not fully understood. Issues surrounding beauty, the body, and identity, give rise to a version of contemporary mythology that is new and yet seemingly familiar.