Artist member since 2019
Erica is an emerging artist born in Toronto, Canada. Abstract painting is her way of being present. It allows her to shut out all distractions while she explores colour and motion. In the studio she gives no consideration to time or its constraints. And, while she never starts with a pre-conceptualized vision, once a painting is complete she can make sense of it and find meaning. With a canvas she takes something that is blank and creates a personal narrative. Whatever she is wrestling with gets sorted, resolved, alleviated or elevated. Painting is a form of meditation, an escape, and ultimately her therapy.
There is a quote by Thomas Merton that resonates with her. He states that, “art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. Merton explains how the production of art is a transitional state, and is therefore representative of liminality. While painting she feels she reaches this in-between state. It’s trance like, all consuming and ultimately a safe space to explore. She believes it’s where her mind, body, and soul are able to connect.
Erica has been told that her paintings demonstrate flow and movement, generating an emotional charge. Through the use of blending, dragging and layering, unique textures, shapes and colours form. Predominantly, she works with acrylic and mixed media on canvas or wood panel, wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry. However, she have been known to use paper or cork and dabble with other mediums such as oil, watercolour and alcohol ink.
You can also find her on Instagram @artbyairstudio and on her website https://artbyairstudio.wordpress.com/
Beverage of choice
Water! It's really all we need. Boring answer I know but it's the truth. I can't seem to go anywhere without my water bottle. It's like my baby blanket, offering security and access. Honestly, it's not the worst thing to be attached to.
When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...
Hiking. I'm always on the lookout for new trails to devour with my eyes. Either taking day trips to parks or conservation areas, or weekends away camping. I find there's much to be inspired by when immersed in nature.
Acrylic, although funnily enough I'm in an oil craze right now. I feel like I'm cheating on acrylic but I'm sure it doesn't mind. I'll find my way back to it soon. The second I run out of oils and need to go to the store that is.
What kind of artwork do you have in your home?
My Aunt Susan's abstracts. She was the artist in our family. She could control paint in a way that I could only dream of doing. She never needed a lot but with very little she could accomplish so much. I wish she was alive now so that we could share this passion of ours together.
Who do you consider a genius?
The definition for genius is "a person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative". I believe Albert Oehlen can be categorized as such. I read once that he "flirts with disaster and gets away with it." Bold, don't you agree? Anyone to get away with anything has to be a genius of some sort right?
Why is art important to you?
It's my biggest passion. It's my way of sharing myself with the world, my choice of expression. There would be a void in my life without it.
Select Past Exhibitions
Slanted Door, Toronto
Queen West Art Crawl
The Freedom Factory
Liberty Village, Toronto
Toronto Art Crawl
Annual Juried Art Exhibit
Modern Metis Woman
SCSU Be Zine
University of Toronto
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