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 the Open Field Collective, her goal is to bring contemporary art right onto the streets. This civic-minded operation involves installing mini-galleries on residential front yards in Toronto and Guelph, where local community members have become very attached to their “neighbourhood galleries”.
Also known as street artist NIXO, she animates public space through her on-going Community Engagement Series. In these impromptu art interventions, NIXO explores social attitudes, notions of morality, and slice-of-life situations through text, painting, and sculptural installations.
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).