Erica Green: Once They Were Red
March 3 – June 12, 2022
Erica Green creates site-conscious fiber installations that explore the endless process of repairing and rebuilding oneself. Green’s practice calls to mind a kind of marathon or endurance-based approach to working. The artist repetitively knots and ties strips of wool and industrial felt in a manner that is both obsessive and generative. Each knot builds upon the one before it and sets the foundation for the knots to come. While a knot typically represents a stopping point, Green’s practice utilizes the knot as a symbolic gesture for mending and continuation. As the simple knots accumulate, they simultaneously blend and harmonize amongst hundreds of monochromatic counterparts, becoming impossible to distinguish. Green’s work is shaped by tensions between elements that are strong and fragile, messy and disciplined, heavy and light. Despite these dueling oppositions, each installation evokes comfort and pause amid the complexities of time and healing.
About the Artist
Erica Green is an installation artist whose site-specific work focuses on the seemingly unending process of repairing and rebuilding oneself. She mends or knots simple fibers together in a meditative, prolific manner. The work gradually becomes a visual accumulation and record of the time it takes to heal. Each moment, each struggle blends with those that came before and eventually become impossible to distinguish. Looking back, the viewer realizes that this timeless human undertaking is simultaneously strong and fragile, messy and disciplined, heavy and light.
Green received a BFA from the University of Nebraska and completed a two-year post- baccalaureate program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work has been shown nationally in galleries, such as RULE Gallery and RedLine Contemporary Art Center. In 2019, she was awarded The Director’s Award in The Art of the State exhibition at the Arvada Center for the Arts. Green lives and works in Boulder.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Scintilla Foundation, Nicky Wolman & David Fulker, Sue Schweppe, City of Boulder, Boulder Arts Commission, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, Colorado Creative Industries, National Endowment for the Arts, Splashlight Studio, and Joan Markowitz.