This show is about that moment when pain calls your idealism into question. Our pain can be many things - tragedy, loss, brokenness. Mine was severe depression brought about by burnout. In that time, what I thought my beliefs were supposed to do for me failed… and I found myself wrestling with the fact that maybe faith as I knew it was over. That is a very frightening space to be in. More than that, I discovered something even more frightening than the loss of religion in my life… the loss of community.
But takes a certain amount of darkness to see the light.
Through a mix of video, speaking, painting, and a bit of karaoke, I explore many different stages of this journey - humor, anger, pain, despair, helplessness, confession, acceptence - all of which led me to a very transformational and transcendent experience… which changed the way I see the entire human race and my place in it.
Artist Scott Erickson will be performing his new multi-media experiential piece titled “We Are Not Troubled Guests”. Through spoken narrative, live painting, and curated video, Scott shares his most personal experience with faith, doubt, depression, and the solidarity of karaoke. Often funny with moments of brutal honesty, we begin to see our own journey through Scott’s vulnerableness and are given the gift of seeing how we really belong in the world.
I performed this show over 75 times. I’m not really doing it anymore… but please enjoy the full video above.