From banality to extreme complexity
In 2005 something really hit him. Eric had begun teaching art at Virginia Tech, where he still works today, after receiving his M.F.A from Savannah College of Art and Design the year before. The school had a state of art laser CNC laser and Eric knew how to use it after working with one as a graphic designer a decade earlier. He therefore became the steward of the machine and started experimenting with it. Not much later, he was working on a sarcastic project that involved cutting out the nutrition facts from cereal boxes in the shape of religious buildings as a way of "elevating the banal". Since Eric could only eat so much cereal each week, he used regular paper to practise his cutting technique. One day, as he was in a hurry to leave the lab, he stacked up some of the practice papers in a pile. There might only have been seven layers of paper, but the complex pattern that they formed together made Eric stop in his steps.
– It was captivating. I didn't know what it was at the time, but I realised that it was something big and important right there. But it was a different way of thinking, and it took me about two years to sort out before I made my first pieces.