Artist Statement – Erica Konrad
Connection: In my work, I aim to build an experience that is deeply felt. Much of my inspiration comes from the natural world and centers around the general theme of finding balance within this realm. My work is a tension between the built environment, and nature. In my work, I employ mark making, scratches, lines, while hiding and revealing layers to represent the traces humans leave behind. My hope is that the viewer gains a glimpse into my internal thought, which is simultaneously light hearted and harsh, and prompts them to find their own definition to the work, which may vary greatly from my own.
Surrender: For me, making art is a letting go, a relinquishment of ideas and expectations. Working intuitively, with limited self censoring, is the first surrender, bringing deep humility and patience to the painting process. I believe an important aspect of the creative process is the satisfying work of process itself. Using the traditional medium of encaustic, anchors me to the past, honouring an ancient method. Also the diversity and capability of the wax itself, lends itself to innovation end experimentation in a contemporary form. The excitement from the unpredictability of wax whether it be through smooth, luminous paintings, manipulated wax sculpture or thick and textured mixed media pieces, draws me back into the studio each day.
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Erica Konrad is an artist living and working in Nelson, British Columbia – a small arts town in the West Kootenay. Her background is a formal University education (BA Honours) in environmental studies, which has laid the foundation for her intense inspiration from the natural world.
Konrad is mostly self taught, working in oil, gouache and plaster but is most drawn to encaustic, having attended international workshops on the encaustic process. When not painting, she is teaching children earth art, teenagers painting and adults encaustic. Konrad also runs an Arts & Ecology retreat centre, holding workshops with visiting instructors, and promoting residencies to encourage artistic innovation.
She is first and foremost a mother to a young daughter and son who continually provide inspiration with their fresh ideas and imagination. She maintains an active studio practice creating artwork for public and private collections.