Erika Chen is a performance sand artist who has made a mark on world class stages with her unique brand of smooth flowing, silk-like sand painting accompanied by light-hearted yet enchanting singing. Erika Chen is fascinated with the way imaginative images are formed and then immediately altered and destroyed using sand – an art form that is proactive yet appealing and stimulating to the human mind compared to more traditional static visuals.
Sand artist Erika Chen dedicates to each of her art creations and stage performance by thoroughly comprehending her clients’ visions and objectives; thereafter delivers to the audience an experience that’s soothing, moving and memorable by combining her unique visions of human mind, extraordinarily creative imagination and endless enthusiasm of exploring visual arts. Not to mention her elegant and strong presence on stage and gracious dance-like movements while painting further sets her apart as an all-rounded performing artist.
"One of the more interesting acts was Erika Chen, who, using her elbows, drew pictures in a pool of sand. Many of the drawings were of occurrences that had already taken place during the performance and while the rest of the drawings seemed to be offering a preview of what would come."
--Carey Purcell, New York based writer, reporter and theater critic.
"In addition, the rich cultural landscape painted by the truly talented and imaginative fine artist, Chen Huan, gave Raka’s choreography a whole new perspective through rich visual metaphors and allusions to the Mira’s poetry."
"From mystical drawings of the eye to the sun, to vast landscape resembling those of Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian’s works, to a rose, to a man in the moon, to clouds and flames, to wings, to doves transforming themselves instantly into sad expressions on an Indian princess, to hair flowing from the princess’s head, to phoenix, to a woman sitting by the sea, the list goes on. The vast imagination embodied by the fine artist reflects what art can do regardless of materials used (she used plain black sand, by the way)."
--Richard Chua, writer, director and actor in Singapore theatre
"On the other side of the curtain, opening Act Two, there’s yet another example of what makes Cirque du Soleil stand out as a boundary-pushing ensemble. With both feet planted firmly on the floor, using nothing more than her dexterity and skillful hands, Erika Chen uses sand to paint over a transparency projector, quickly assembling scenes related to Zarkana’s “story.” It’s a brilliant and measured demonstration of how true art comes both from space and the absence thereof, and a reminder of just how much there is to admire and appreciate beyond the stunt-for-stunt’s-sake. The same can be said for Anatoly Zalevskiy’s hand balancing, both a distilled feat of gymnastics and an astonishing show of singular strength."
--Aaron Riccio, creative writer, critic, and editor.