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Title: e.quatic.self 1.1
year: 2017
Medium: Acrylic on canvas 
Size: 61 x 51 cm 
Artists Statement: 
 
life.e.quatic series is inspired by the natural aquatic environment and the creatures within. My interpretation of the complex structures, vivid colours and intricate patterning observed in a variety of marine creatures as well as a reference to mankinds influence over our environment. A meshing as well as a symbolic representation of how coral and surrounding ecosystems, once autonomous must now cling to us in the hopes of maintaining their continued existence....
(left image)
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Title: Breakfast Poses 
Medium: Acrylic on canvas 
Size: 61 x 51 cm 
Artists Statement: 
Starting our day over coffee and toast, we amuse and entertain each other with discussions on worldly topics or by sprouting witty banter over all things mundane. The dog is often stretched out and tangled up among the collection of legs while the cat watches on indifferently. It’s a special time to be together, warm fuzzy feelings and self-appreciation of what we have. This juxtaposition of imagined and real life is combined in my work to create a portrait showing the personality, environment, my love and my pets all interwoven within a skewed version of my life. 
Breakfast Poses (right image)
Finalist in The 2016 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize.

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lower left Title: Selfie on the couchie  2013
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas (acrylic) 
Size: 61 cm x 51 cm 
Influenced by Modernism with that American Gothic type aesthetic; within this painting, some areas the paint is applied layer upon layer while other areas are almost ignored. Also combined within the same painting distorted details such as fine boned hands and feet and extra-large eyes set an unusual scene forming contrast to the realistic qualities of the work.  
What is the essence of the “sitter” within any portrait? For me there is always something outside the given view that influences and moulds that personality - that facially set presentation. For my part, the juxtaposition of imagined and real life combines in my work to create a portrait showing my personality, my environment and my pets all interwoven as a skewed version of self. 
Semi-finalist 2013 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
Finalist in The 2014 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize


Bio:
Erica Gray lives and works on the Gold Coast, QLD. In practice she regularly exhibits work nationally and internationally often switching between media including painting, wearable art and soft sculpture. Solo exhibitions include ‘Rubber Gloves, Sharp Teeth and Other Pointy Bits’ displayed at the Tweed Regional Art Gallery, ‘PIPE DREAMS’ displayed at the Gold Coast City Art Gallery and the Noosa Regional Art Gallery. Her work has been a finalist in numerous exhibitions among them, the World of Wearable Art Awards Show, the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial, semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2013 and finalist in The Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2014 & 2016 as well as Finalist in the 2015 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize.

Media:
The skin Erica Gray is in
iNTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEW with Joe Pitcher & TextileArtist.org

Mr x stitch: The cutting (& Stitching edge)

Conversations with the makers with Glenys Mann from FIBRE ARTS AUSTRALIA

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