Erica Izard (NSW) – 2020 Finalist

Emotional Tide, 2020
glass, lightbox (perspex, wood, LED strip light)
260 x 2700 x 200
Photo: Greg Piper

Emerging Artist Category

Erica Izard is an emerging artist based in Sydney. Originally a radiographer and sonographer, Izard retrained at the Sydney College of the Arts, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts (2019). During this time she was the recipient of a scholarship to the Pilchuck Glass School, Washington in 2013. Izard’s first solo exhibition As it is right now. . . was shown at AIRspace Projects, Sydney in 2020. Her work Homage to Grief, 2019 was awarded the Plinth Prize as part of the 2019 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Previously Izard won the 2016 St George 3D Art Prize for the physics of rain, 2016 and the Mosman Art Gallery’s In Situ 13 Installation Award for her glass work Wave Particle Duality, 2013.

Emotional Tide is a work that reflects the personal journey of discovery of self. It was created during a time of emotional turbulence where it became clear to me that to continue to grow I must let go of old ideas to make room for the new. The application of glass powder and water was gestural and akin to a visual diary of that time when each panel was created.”