Erika Adams, born in Seattle, Washington, is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in printmaking. She earned a BA in both Art and Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz, an MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and studied at the Tamarind Institute where she became a Master Printer. Adams's work has been shown at numerous national and international exhibitions. She was an artist in residence at the Hall Farm Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, Penland School of Crafts and Djerassi.

Adams's studio practice focuses on the exploration of locating the self in a larger context - particularly within social networks, family and community. In her work, Adams investigates how power and meaning are embedded in text and form. The images and installations she creates have a sense of those social relationships and are inspired by insect societies, flocks of birds, her familial vernacular, poetry and everyday interactions.