Erica Gray is a mixed media artist from Queensland, Australia.
“Initially influenced by garment design and construction processes, Gray utilises similar principles to produce soft sculpture and installation art. Her art is often a reference to personal experiences as well as concerns for humanity, our environment and 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 a representation of other expressions.”
I love a good soft sculpture. There’s something amazing about people that can produce large scale pieces that challenge our ideas of form and function. Working with soft materials presents a different set of structural challenges, so anyone who creates sculptures in this format is already a winner with me. Erica’s work not only ticks those boxes, but her explorations into what can best be described as techno-anthropomorphism really impress me.
Some of her work is scary, some of her work is strange, but all of her work challenges you. It takes the familiar and makes it strange, gives it bite. There’s a real creativity at play here and I’m looking forward to see what future creations will burst forth from Erica’s imagination.
These sculptures are just part of Erica’s remarkable portfolio of work, so get yourself comfortable and spend some time in her website. It’s worth the trip!
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