Erin in her wheelchair wears a unicorn bra and black bikini bottoms and bright yellow high heels that are tucked in the hand loop on her wheelchair's seat cushion. she leans her elbow on her uplifted knee and squints into the bright sun. her hair is flaming red. the remote shutter in her hand is the same colour as her heels. the word ICON appears in black bold letters above her.

ICON

Erin Clark, is a Canadian world-traveller, world champion pole dance athlete, and, as a paragliding pilot, Erin has a wheelchair that can fly.

 

Creator of Instagram's erinunleashes and Sex Icon Magazine, Erin's work is a reclaiming of disability in narrative. In her persona as "International Sex Icon" she reflects on sex appeal as a source of power and influence juxtaposed with the wheelchair --the ultimate symbol of helplessness and powerlessness. She refuses to accept the desexualization and disempowerment of disabled bodies, while commenting on the objectification of women as sexual objects and of disabled people as objects of inspiration.

 

In her instagram vignettes, self portraits and short films she expresses the intimacy she experiences within her life; with nature, her wheelchair, the intimacy that arises between her and the people she meets. Erin portrays and presents herself in defiance of the history of disabled people being spoken for and used as narrative catalysts for the enlightenment of non-disabled protagonists. She centers herself in adventurous, glamorous, empowered narratives, framing the world from a wheelchair-eye-view.

Erin is an award-winning creative non-fiction writer whose work has appeared in Gay Mag, Refinery29, Brevity and other literary journals. Her short films and self-portraits have been published by The Deaf Poet's Society and Khôra.

 

Her memoir, If You Really Love Me, Throw Me Off the Mountain was published by EyeCorner Press and her upcoming #OwnVoices romantic comedy, The Break-Up Artist (published by Audible), is slated for a 2022 release.

Interviews and documentaries and profiles

Erin Clark's book If You Really Love Me, Throw Me Off the Mountain (EyeCorner Press) is recommended by the NYTimes in this article showcasing a wide range of books, films television and dance representing artists from the disability community.  NYTIMES

If You Really Love Me, Throw Me Off the Mountain is reviewed by literary agents Lucy and James Catchpole for their list of books representing disability for AMAZON.

"Erin Clark is an unstoppable force. She is fierce in a way that forces people to notice, unapologetic in claiming her space in the world. She is a brilliant writer and a world champion pole athlete. Her introspection on her life and disability is a stunning vista of what our lives might be when, in her words, we turn our fear into curiosity. ...an interview with a sex icon for DISABILI-TEA 

Barcroft Media sent a videographer to Vilaseca to film Erin going about her day and training for the World Pole Sport Competitions in July, 2017. Watch the mini documentary by  BARCROFT TV