Erika James is a Toronto-based multimedia artist and curator, also known as street artist NIXO. Her practice includes installation work, sculpture, murals, text, and community activation processes. She has exhibited solo shows in notable public galleries such as the McMaster Museum of Art, Harcourt House, Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant, and McIntosh Gallery, and has participated in art festivals and events such as Nuit Blanche, Hamilton Supercrawl, Animating Our Waterfront, and Main Squared. James has a permanent public art installation of integrated sculptures at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is the co-founder of KJ Bit mural collective and the Open Field Collective, community engaged ventures that create and present art in unique public spaces.
My work seeks to provide fun and interactive experiences between art and people through community activations such as live-paint jams and gallery pop-ups in the public realm. Working with a wide range of mediums, my installation works instill a sense of playful curiosity; coaxing an audience to engage with the sculptural elements by physically handling them, reacting to interactive lights and sound, and manoeuvring through ambient fabricated spaces. My murals endeavour to create environments of bold shapes and colour, making our city's streets vibrant places to enjoy.
Painting, Aerosol, Stencil Art, Textile Art, Installation Art
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