Artist-Info - Erica Grimm - Assiniboia Gallery

Erica Grimm



Erica Grimm, PhD is Associate Professor and Chair of the Art + Design Department, School of the Arts, Media and Culture at Trinity Western University. Over the past two decades, Erica has been exploring the relationship between medium and meaning in order to “make visible the invisible” (Paul Klee) and in particular to explore issues of mystery, meaning and spirituality.

Her recent work uses the ancient medium of encaustic (beeswax and oil glazes) juxtaposed with hard-edged planes of steel and gold. The tensions of ancient/modern, organic/inorganic, light/dark, grace and gravity (Simone Weil) convey meaning equally with the figural elements. There is a balance of weight and a sense of mystical soaring in the falling figures of the Memory Traces series as well as in Erica's floral and still life pieces.

Selected Media
- Press -
Arabella Magazine, Spring 2013
“U of R Alumni Represented by the Assiniboia Gallery,” Degrees Magazine, Fall 2007
Western Living, April 2007
Rock and Sling Literary Journal, 2007
“Reviews,” Galleries West Magazine, December 2006
“Artist's Quest,” Vancouver Sun, March 29, 2002
“Ascending Arc Typical of Artist's Body of Work,” Leader-Post, March 16, 2002
“A Beautiful Affliction: The Art of Erica Grimm-Vance,” Image Journal (online), Summer 2001

- Publications -
A Broken Beauty, ed. Theodore L. Prescott, 2005
RAG 25/25 Richmond Art Gallery 1980-2005

- Video -
The Cloud of Unknowing, Frontlines PBS documentary directed by Helene Whitney 2007

Selected Public and Corporate Collections
The Canada Council Art Bank
The Estevan National Exhibition Centre
Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
City of Regina Art Collection
Saskatchewan Provincial Art Collection
The Saskatchewan Arts Board
The Vatican Collection, Vatican City, Italy
Fackelbararnas Centrum, Holsby Brunn, Sweden
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Graham Centre, Wheaton, Ill.
Luther College, Regina
Holy Child Parish, Regina
Campion College, University of Regina
Regina Separate School Board
Centre for Ecumenism, Saskatoon
First Baptist, Vancouver
Regent College, UBC
The Salvation Army, Vancouver
Trinity Western University