ERIKA GOFTON

Visual Artist working in River Studios


About Erika

Erika has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Post Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Tasmania. She has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland and has exhibited in numerous group and curated shows.

Erika won the Toyota Community Spirit Travel Grant in 2012 and undertook a residency in New York and London in 2013. Whilst in New York she received a scholarship to complete the Drawing Marathon at The New York Studio School. She has been afinalist in the EMSLA, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, R & M McGivern Prize, twice in the Redland Art Prize, twice in the City of Albany Art Prize, winning peoples choice in 2012, and 6 times selected in the Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize. Erika has also runs The Art Room a classes, workshop and mentoring space in Footscray and has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts. Erika is represented by Dickerson Gallery in Sydney and Anthea Polson in Queensland.

"I am interested in making works that sit somewhere precariously between beautiful and ugly. That communicate sensitivity, fragility, anxiety and fear, and explore the intersubjective relationship of mother and child.  The heightened internal fear of being close yet distant in the same breath. The work is a catharsis, a way to confront the discomfort."