Erica Brisson is a visual artist and facilitator who uses drawings, handwritten notes, and graphic design to lyrically report on her encounters with people, places, and ideas. Warm, playful, and colourful, her projects explore themes of memory, communication, place, and identity. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Erica studied at Concordia University in Montreal (B.F.A. 2007) and the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for the arts (Curatorial and Educational Outreach Work/Study program 2008). Erica has produced commissioned works, workshops, as well as exhibitions for Canada’s leading arts and social institutions, including Koffler Arts, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Harbourfront Centre, as well as more recently in Berlin, Germany for the ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, the Tandem cultural managers exchange, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Coaching.
I create assemblages in the form of drawings, hand-lettered texts, and installations. Inspired by my subjective experience of places and cultures, my projects reflect on the place where I am living and the communities that I encounter in my daily life at a given time. My drawings and hand-lettered texts bear witness to simple elements linked to these places. Things that I encounter again and again. That stick with me. Translated into the small, uniform scale of my little travel sketchbook. Ready to sort, to keep, to compare, to take with me. My style is quick and gestural, playing almost on the edge of abstraction. Not realistic, but inspired by my visual perceptions. I like to leave empty spaces, places for people fill in their own experiences. This fascination with the perceptual experience of daily life is inspired by the question, what makes a place, person, or idea feel how it feels? It’s a desire to understand the relationship between memory, the body, and identity.
Illustration, Graphic/Digital Art, Painting, Installation Art
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