Erica Grimm-Vance: "Balance," 2006, in collaboration with Steven Stasson (Video), David Squires and Jeff Warren (Soundscape). Encaustic, Steel, Positron Emission Tomography Scans, Graphite, Digital Film, Soundscape triggered by sensors through Teleo and MAX/MSP, Birch Panels, 5' x 20'. Photo:Mike Rathjen.
Bellevue Gallery, Vancouver
April 1 - 30, 2007
By Beverly Cramp
Her technique is complex, involving materials such as modeling pastes, gels, beeswax, steel, gold, and layers of oil washes. She is steeped in art theory and an inquiry into what it is to be human, but Erica Grimm-Vance maintains that drawing is the foundation of her work. “The core of my practice is drawing,” she says. “I’m fascinated with line work and the ability of the line to communicate. I feel strongly about the expressive quality of lines and their potency.” Grimm-Vance currently teaches at Trinity Western College in Langley, BC, and is working on her Ph.D. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Regina, where she majored in print-making and painting. Her upcoming show at the Bellevue Gallery features a series of large 5’ by 5’ panels, each exploring the materiality of the work as well the figurative. “I’m very interested in the body,” she says. “More than the sexual body, my focus is about the body in its brokenness and the existence of suffering in the world.”
Represented by: Bellevue Gallery, Vancouver; Assiniboia Gallery, Regina.