Erica Licea-Kane

  • Erica Licea-Kane

    The Embrace, acrylic pigment, acrylic medium, 13 x 12 x 2 inches, 2016.

    In-Between #2
  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Quietly Observed, acrylic pigment, acrylic medium, 36 x 48 x 3 inches, 2016.

    In-Between #2
  • Erica Licea-Kane

    In-Between #2, fabric, acrylic medium, acrylic pigment, 20 x 20 x 2 inches, 2015.

    In-Between #2
  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Seen/Unseen, fabric, sewing, acrylic medium, acrylic pigment, 36 x 48 x 3 inches, 2014.

  • Erica Licea-Kane

    In-Between #3, fabric, acrylic medium, acrylic pigment, 20 x 20 x 2 inches, 2015.

    In-Between #3

Artist Statement

My works are completely rooted in my textile training as seen in both visible and structural grids and the inherent repetition within each piece coming from the most basic levels of textile creation. In place of textiles I create lines and texture with a pastry bag as I extrude acrylic medium to make surfaces that invoke fabric or enlarged weaves. I work hard at manipulating the material so that the surfaces are obscure, prompting questions about process and time invested.

The works are an outgrowth of my childhood as I spent many hours in fabric stores with my Mother. It was then that I learned about the nuances of cloth, the subtitles of woven color and the "hand" of fabric. To this day I still love the smell of fabric stores and find great comfort in being surrounded by bolts of cloth. As a child, the once a year journey through my Grandmothers linen chest was also magical because I got to touch the hand-made bobbin lace and embroidered cloth. I spent many hours as a teenager engaged in hand embroidery marking the beginning of my love for repetitive and additive art making. That predilection carried me through both undergraduate and graduate degrees and lives with me today.

As much as I enjoy the art of patterning, and frequently immerse myself in decoration, my work process is a lesson in order and life balance. As a person who is sensitive to imbalances that can feel plaguing, my work and studio life help me to make sense of those uncomfortable shifts and it becomes an act of finding creative equilibrium. My hope is that my work invites viewers to explore the physicality of the surfaces and the importance of the edges. I love to hear narratives about the work from viewers that often make reference to aerial views and cityscapes. With the density of the surfaces I consider my works to be object-paintings that address all of the formal concerns attached to abstract painting. But mostly, there are never enough layers.

Artist Bio

Erica Licea-Kane has been a working artist since the early 1980's. She received her BFA at the Parsons School of Design, NY, and her MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art, MA, earning both degrees in the field of fine art textiles. Licea-Kane has exhibited her work throughout the United States and abroad and she is a current member of the Kingston Gallery in Boston's South End. Recent exhibitions of Licea-Kane's work include New England Biolabs Corporation, MA, Fuller Craft Museum, MA, Andrews Art Museum, NC, Danforth Museum of Art, MA and the Attleboro Museum, MA. She has also been the recipient of several grants and fellowships including the A.R.T Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and a Regional Fellowship from the New England Foundation for the Arts of the National Endowment of the Arts. Licea-Kane currently teaches studio courses at Wheelock College in Boston, MA, where she is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Towne Art Gallery.


Half Spaces, March 4-29, 2020
Small Works, May 30-July 1, 2018
Over & Over, July 5-30, 2017
All the Members: Relay, January 4-29, 2017
I Know Just What You're Saying, January 6-31, 2016
Free Association 2015: Kingston Associates' Annual Exhibition, August 5-30, 2015
Kingston Associates Annual Exhibition: Free Association: 2014, July 30 - August 29, 2014


Half Spaces, Press Release, January 15, 2020.
"Art & Life with Erica Licea-Kane." BostonVoyager, June 18, 2018.
"Erica Licea-Kane: 2018 MCC Painting Fellowship Recipient." Kingston Blog, June 13, 2018.
"Explorations in Color, Place and Motion." Kingston Blog, June 7, 2018.
Erica Licea-Kane: Recipient of 2018 Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant for Painting.
Small Works, Press Release, April 24, 2018.
Seven, John. "The Layered Look: Erica Licea-Kane." Take Magazine, November 14, 2017.
"The art and the technique of Erica Licea-Kane in Over and Over." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, July 20, 2017.

"Erica Licea-Kane's Sweet Art" Take Magaazine, July 18, 2017.
McQuaid, Cate, "Erica Licea-Kane: Over & Over." The Boston Globe, The Ticket, July 7, 2017.
Erica Licea-Kane: Over & Over, Press Release
Free Association Brings Fresh Sights to Kingston Gallery
"Tangled but Centered: Art on Nature in Free Association 2015," Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, August 19, 2015
"Super Group Show: Free Association 2015," Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, August 7, 2015
Davidson, Deborah. "Greetings From Kingston Gallery!" Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, August 21, 2013


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