She received her BFA and MFA at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), which included coursework in Mexico and Greece.
Her current work explores issues of identity and corporeality.
The Good: This is a very funny book, and funny in my favorite way. Mike is a normal teen dealing with typical things: divorced parents who are dating, a popular older sister, making friends in a new school, crushes on girls. Or all those other moralistic things that are found in teen books.
Not so much from outlandishly comical situations; but rather from Mike's observations and turns of phrase. As with many good funny books, under the laughter lies some serious subject matter: Love. This is that hard to find book: a normal book about a normal teen, that has humor, and is perfect for both guy and girl readers. While the book delivers on the title, pat endings are avoided, in significant part because the characters are well rounded and the ending remains true to these characters.
The exhibit will remain open during the Meet the Finalists event for the Minnesota Book Awards on Tuesday, March 13 at 6 p.m.
Rasmussen will also receive special recognition and an award at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Inter Continental Hotel in downtown Saint Paul, sponsored by Education Minnesota.
Members of the award committee praised the project as “playful, clever, and reverential in its reference to the art of love letters, 17th century fashion, stitching, and symbolism.” Said one judge, “the classical essence in Rasmussen’s piece gives way to an avant-garde play on the notion of a book, with the written letters rendered inaccessible, untouchable and unreadable…and yet, the narrative, the history, and the intimacy are mysteriously palpable.” Erica Spitzer Rasmussen is an artist who creates handmade paper garments, neckware and small editions of hand-bound books.
This is an Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging for boys. On meeting a girl for the first time, he thinks, "she seems smart and very nice.
I was also reminded of My-So Called Life, and pictured Mike as Brian Krakow and Gina as Angela Chase. Plus she has big round breasts." And his reaction to being reassured that "as girls mature, they realize the brain is the sexiest part of the male body" is an honest "it certainly isn't the sexiest part of the female body." But Mike isn't just obsessed with sex: he's also funny, endearing, highly likeable, and sympathetic.
is a mixed-media sculptural book handcrafted from pieces of old family letters.
Rasmussen was inspired to create the piece when she inherited two handmade wooden boxes filled with love letters exchanged between her maternal grandparents in the 1930s.
In the words of Neal Cuthbert, former Vice President of Programs at the Mc Knight Foundation, Penumbra has, through its acclaimed stage productions, educational programming, and new play development efforts, “had an impact on the creative lives of generations of African American and other writers and has frankly altered the course of artistic expression and development in this community and across the country.” In addition to promoting works on stage at Penumbra, Bellamy has inspired and touched the lives of thousands of youth, cultivating the production of new dramatic literature, poetry, and spoken word.