Erika James uses public space as a departure point for civic engagement. She strives to enable opportunities for community to come together for social discourse, and creative co-creation, bridging art and community. As Co-founder of KJ Bit and Open Field Collective, her goal is to bring contemporary art right onto the streets. These community engaged collectives create murals and sculptural projects through community activations.
Also known as street artist NIXO, Erika works as a muralist and street art coordinator, organizing events such as laneway jams and miniature public galleries.
Her work has been exhibited in notable galleries and art events such as the McMaster Museum of Art (McMaster University), McIntosh Gallery (Western University), Lebel Gallery (UofWindsor), Harcourt House (Edmonton), Nuit Blanche Toronto, Hamilton Supercrawl, and she has a permanent sculpture installation at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (Toronto).