Conversation with Erica Gray, Gold Coast, Australia
Erica, a Gold Coast based artist works in mediums including painting, stitched textiles, wearable art and soft sculpture. Initially influenced by garment design and the construction processes, Gray utilises similar principles to produce soft sculpture and installation art. Her art often contains reference to personal experiences, as well as her concerns for humanity, our environment as well as the treatment of animals. The pieces often translate into works comprising a blend of human and animalistic form that is often layered with meaning, through to pieces designed to play on emotions; works that toy with childhood memories and growing up, spending time on farms, disjointed family connections, empathy for the lost, a love of animals as well as the fun times amongst a family full of plumbers.
Her goal in life, as in her art, is to produce works that represent her moods and ideals, from bright and cheerful, through to more sombre representations of other darker expressions.
Erica will be teaching for Fibre Arts Australia in April 2016…go here to enroll
Conversation with the Maker(CWTM) Did you always envision a life as an artist?
ERICA GRAY(EG) From childhood I have always had a fascination with how objects were made and would imagine deconstructing them to envisage how they were meshed together. However it wasn’t until my late thirties that my career path transformed over to a more art based one, a combination of my love for fashion, of art and form along with my own unique style that have all merged into the work I produce today.