Erica Daley – Artist’s Statement – Bio
My textile and fiber art is a reflection of nature and the world around me. I focus on color and texture as a means of conveying my thoughts and ideas in order to interpret what I see. I prefer organic and free flowing forms that reflect movement, depth, and intensity…both chaotic and composed, which is a direct reflection of our natural environment and our reaction to it. I prefer abstract forms as they leave their meaning open to the viewer. Each person can be moved by a piece through their own perceptions and feelings so I am offering a suggestion in the title and composition of a piece, and allowing the individual viewer to respond to it. My work evolves and changes as my own feelings and perceptions change, and as our environment and the world changes, so I think of it as alive and dynamic and ultimately timeless and without boundaries.
Process: My pieces either grow from a vision I have formulated in my mind, or from forms and objects I have found in the environment. I then find fabrics in textures and colors that I think will best reflect my visions and sketches. I try to use mostly organic fabrics, or fabric that I have recycled/repurposed from old clothing or other linens. I often add found items including shells, wood, and stone to the fabric pieces I create to add layers and dimension to the work. I like all of the fabrics to appear ‘rough’ and in their most natural state. I distress them and cut into them to give them life and structure. I want my work to feel organic and natural, and I want the work I do to be in alignment with my philosophical ideals on caring for humanity and the environment.
I grew up in Napa, California, and lived in Seattle and San Francisco before moving to Maryland, where I currently reside. I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities from the University of Maryland, and have been an artist and teacher for many years.