Erica Licea-Kane

  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Landscape, acrylic medium, acrylic pigment, balsa wood, 11 x 14 x 1.5 inches, 2019.

  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Up, Over and Around, acrylic pigment, acrylic medium, balsa wood, wood burning, 18 x 24 x 1.5 inches, 2019.

    Up, Over and Around
  • Erica Licea-Kane

    Just Under the Surface, acrylic medium, acrylic pigment, balsa wood, 24 x 36 x 1.5 inches, 2020.

    Just Under the Surface
  • 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 rooted in my textile training. The grids, both visible and structural, and the repetition within each piece are inherent to 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 evoke fabric or enlarged weaves. I work hard at pushing the surfaces of my work so that they are obscure, prompting questions about process, materials and time. I am in some way exploring the design archetype of checker- boarding, or the mathematical term of "half spaces," in each of the pieces to further reinforce the textile quality of the work.

As a child I spent many hours in fabric stores with my Mother. It was then that I learned about the nuances of cloth, the subtleties of woven color and the "hand" of fabric. I still love the smell of fabric stores and find great comfort in being surrounded by bolts of cloth. Our shared, once a year journey through my Grandmother's linen chest was pure magic to me because I got to touch the handmade bobbin lace and embroidered cloth, smell the cedar and hear stories connected to part of my heritage. My teenaged years were spent engaged in hand embroidery, marking the beginning of my love for repetitive and additive art making. That predilection carried me through my years as a textile student and lives with me today as I engage in creating layered and compulsive surfaces that refer to my heightened sensitivity to time and balance.

My work invites viewers to closely explore and absorb the physicality of the surfaces, the importance of the edges, and the patience of the drawn lines. I find great joy from hearing narratives about my work from viewers who often reference aerial views or topographical views of cities and almost always want to touch the surfaces. The act of making my work is as important to me as the meaning of the work.

The formal issues attached to abstract painting along with the historical significance of textiles to women are never far from my thoughts and significantly inform my work. I create abstract paintings from a weavers point of view.

Artist Bio

Erica Licea-Kane has been a working artist since the early 1980's and a college studio art instructor for over 35 years, most recently at Wheelock College for 20 years which included her position as Gallery Director of the Towne Art Gallery 17 years. 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 extensively throughout the United States and abroad and she is currently a member of the Kingston Gallery in Boston's South End. Recent exhibitions of Licea-Kane's work include The Krakorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA, The Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg MA, Site:Brooklyn, NYC, NY, Able Baker contemporary, Portland, ME, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Andrews Art Museum, Andrews, NC, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA and the Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA. She has been the recipient of several grants and fellowships including the 2018 Artist Fellowship in Painting from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, 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. Her work has been reviewed in several publications with recent coverage in the Portland Phoenix, the "Take" section in The Boston Globe, The Portland Press Herald and Take Magazine as well as past reviews in The Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Herald, Surface Design Journal and several of the Lark Publications Fiberarts Design series of books. Currently she is a visiting lecturer at several institutions in the Boston area.

Work available on Artsy


Surface, group show on Artsy, November 1-30, 2021
Embedded Parts, September 1-26, 2021
On the Surface, group show on Artsy, April 1-30, 2021
Layers of Memory, group show on Artsy, January 20-February 28, 2021
Half Spaces, March 4-June 21, 2020
A New Poignancy, group show on Artsy, April 3-18, 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


Embedded Parts, Press Release, July 6, 2021.
"Erica Licea-Kane." Artscope eBlast, May 14, 2020.
Bhuiyan, Nuri."An Exploration of the Ambiguities of Space in the Kingston's Gallery's 'Half Spaces'." The Harvard Crimson, April 4, 2020.
"New Work by Erica Licea-Kane." Kingston Blog, February 20, 2020.
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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