"My work stems from a traditional textile education and aesthetic. Even though my work is no longer hand-woven, I bring many textile considerations, such as the grid, repeat patterning, spatial illusions and ultimately craft, to my work. The construction and final quality of the work is often ambiguous to the viewer, prompting numerous questions about the processes/materials and time invested. Regardless of size, my intentions are to blatantly “draw” the viewer in with seductive surfaces that evoke exploration.
I always celebrate the “decorative” in my work, but inwardly my work is highly personal and represents the meditative qualities of working in layers, and the tediousness of repetitive actions, akin to threading the loom. For years and in multiple incarnations, my work has addressed the juxtaposition of my personal challenges in dealing with order and non-order existing in a shared space or time.
I build the surfaces of my work with hand-sewn fabrics, couched yarns and extruded acrylic medium, layered with hand-printed rice paper and many thin applications of acrylic pigment. My intentions are to achieve surfaces that combine both visual repeat patterns/physical repeat patterns, with color and value shifts squeezed into one or more of the formal ordering systems.
For the past 4 years, I have been incorporating botanical patterns into my work that has allowed me to visually explore the nuances of balance/imbalance as devices that can either wither or expose the most vibrant forces in nature."
-Erica Licea-Kane, 2010
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