Erica Grimm’s Full Professor Inaugural Lecture
“Skin Boats + Paying Attention: Aesthetic Intersubjectivity in Precarious Times"
Erica Grimm, Ph.D. is a Canadian artist and Professor of Art in the School of the Arts, Media + Culture at Trinity Western University. A Canada Council and SSHRC Grant holder, her material practice explores the entangled territory between aesthetics, ecology, ethics, science and art, and her written practice considers the epistemological and pedagogical implications of the process of making. For more than 30 years she has practiced attentiveness, drawing daily on paper and panels, in space, with branches, words, objects, ideas and sounds. Ever curious about saturated (inexplicable but ordinary) phenomenological experiences, her work is rooted in themes of embodiment and materiality. Fueled by environmental urgency, her recent research-creation is collaborative, creating material semiotic entanglements-sculptural installations that layer meaning making materials with scientific texts, maps, medical imagery, drawings, projected video and soundscapes. Theorizing intersubjectivity as a means to blur the subject-object divide is her current quest. In 2002 she was the Distinguished Nash Lecturer at Campion College, the recipient of the Imago National Juried Art Prize, and named U of R Distinguished Alumnae. Widely exhibited in museum, public and community galleries, she is included in private and public collections such as the Vatican, Canada Council Art Bank, and the Richmond Art Gallery.