Eriksson’s earth-based jewelry and sculptures derive from her career in geological research and education that led her to live and study in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia, and Singapore. As a faculty member and curator of gemstones and minerals at a U.S. university for over two decades, she interpreted the significance of these natural objects and contemplated their innate beauty. Influenced extensively by her experiences as a scientist, her aesthetic is imbued with a visual vocabulary and conceptual impetus gleaned from geology.
Eriksson conducted mineralogical research during her graduate study. While on a research leave in Australia, she began an independent apprenticeship in metalsmithing which she continued following her return to the U.S.