Ingrid Gerberick was born in BC, grew up in Vancouver and graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2002. In 2005 she moved to New York City and after 5 years she has returned to Canada and is thrilled to call Montreal home. Her multimedia practice currently focuses on textile and fiber arts but also includes drawing, bookbinding and collaborative installation.
Focusing on insecurity and awkwardness, my practice is interested in playfully exposing and exploring identity, self-representation and social discomfort.
In the ‘Just Act Natural’ drawings, I create hybrid characters showing self-conscious reactions to social/public situations. I play with the tension between human and animal to show the ridiculousness and strangeness of personal insecurity. I use myself as the human model both to personalize the work and to open the conversation about vulnerability through self-mockery.
The Unemployment Quilt is the first in an ongoing series of Insecurity Blankets. The quilt is made entirely from cast-off sweatshirts and old sheets, then hand-embroidered with job-hunting related text (“To Whom It May Concern” and “Please No Phone Calls About This Job!”) as well as over 20 Craigslist job posting numbers (all jobs I actually applied for.) Contrasting a traditional object of warmth and comfort with an almost universally uncomfortable activity, job-hunting, the Unemployment Quilt is another playful look at insecurity and feelings of inadequacy.