Erika works from her home studio in Maungaturoto, a small country town in the Kaipara District, New Zealand. She is self-taught, holds a Bachelor of Music as well as a Post-graduate Diploma in Art and Creativity. Her work explores the primitive and whimsical with an often quirky narrative. It touches on the representational with a biographical element seated in childhood experiences and children’s fables and fantasies. Dreams, as well as daydreams often inform the development of the work. Idiosyncrasies and a surreal edge may accompany a dreamlike realism, with a quirky reference to modern culture and language

Her work is held in private collections in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa and Sweden

Finalist in
2013 Parkin Drawing Award
2012 Clifton Art Award
2010 Estuary Art Award

Represented by a number of commercial galleries in New Zealand

The contemporary, stylised works of Erika Hüsselmann comment on life in all its facets; they are quirky, sometimes autobiographical and form an ongoing visual diary. Painting “from the inner sanctum, in the moment”, her practise is intuitive; she draws inspiration from dreams, everyday life, family, hopes and history. The results are whimsical, often dreamlike works that draw you in, tempting you to interpret their story, yet retaining a sense of mystery. – Arts in Oxford