About

Erin Pankratz is a Contemporary Visual Artist working in Mixed Media. She lives in Edmonton, Canada.

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Statement

Born in the Northwest Territories, I grew up in the boreal, constantly making “something” out of “nothing”. Playing kick the can under the northern lights, building snow forts, and digging fossils out of the bank of the Salt River all helped me to hone my intuitive gift of understanding colour, and appreciating the material and immaterial.

All of my work culminates from the many different techniques I have studied and have been exposed to my whole life: weaving, dying, printmaking, drawing, painting, casting, sculpting, and mosaic. My work always has an element of time, marking changes, and shifting perspectives. The work is not a suspension of one moment in time, but the accumulation of moments within one piece. Using seemingly meandering lines of individually cut coloured tile woven together to create layers of meaning throughout my work.

Bio

I attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School from 1992-1994, even having the opportunity to tour with the company, but at the age of 20 I found it was no longer my dream and left for art school. I attended Alberta College of Art and Design from 1995 to the end of 1996 in the Sculpture Department until giving birth to my first son.

In 1998 I began to explore mosaics as a way to fulfill my need to make art. After spending a decade developing my mosaic skill and helping others to gain experience in the medium, I decided to become fully professional in 2011.

Shortly thereafter I received my first public art commission, a large mural in the US departures area at the Edmonton International Airport. In just 3.5 short months I created the 436sf mosaic mural Everything Flows, Nothing Stands Still, which captures the changeability of Edmonton through the seasons. The mural was installed at the end of 2011, and has since had over a million viewers per year.

In 2013 I was one of 15 artists (from North and South America) invited to contribute works to the innovative, site-responsive conceptual exhibition Transposition: An Ancient Medium in a Contemporary World at Inscape Arts, in Seattle. In 2013 and 2016 I received the Innovation in Mosaic award for the juried show- Mosaic Artis International. I exhibited my first solo show at Enterprise Galleries in downtown Edmonton, part of the University of Alberta Museum Galleries from August to October of 2015. Since then I have shown in Italy, France, Japan, and Argentina.

With the artistic and project management skills I have developed over the past decade I have worked on the creation of numerous and varied projects. Attending two International Mosaic Symposiums in Italy as one of the 10 invited International mosaic artists. One in Sardinia in August of 2016, and one in northern Italy in 2017. I designed and collaborated on an exterior mural in Brazil and I have worked with the ATB on 2 mosaic projects with participatory elements. My residencial commissions include a hand-cut limestone floor in Edmonton, and a full mosaic powder room in Hawaii.

Most recently the Edmonton Arts Council announced that I received a large exterior public art commission which was an International Public Art Call for the Valley Line LRT. Of the 14 projects on the line I am the only Alberta artist to receive one of the International Art Calls. I received another public art commission with my wonderful colleague Karen Klassen, for a mosaic bench wall in Demott Park for the city of Edmonton. It will be installed summer 2018.