Art student brings overseas influence back to Kamloops

Eric Fagervik stands beside a peice of art he made in one of his foundations classes when he started studying art. PHOTO BY JENIFER NORWELL

Jenifer Norwell: Omega Contributor Ω

With experience working in Tokyo and Venice, Eric Fagervik is an artist with plans to take on the world. He’s worked under well-known contemporary artists Janet Cardiff and George Miller, worked with Western Canada Theatre doing set and prop construction and had shows around Kamloops. The fourth-year student is working on his final installation for the Grad Show and took a break from his work to tell me what’s going on in his world of art.

Q: How do you fit in the fine arts program?

A:  Well, I’ve dabbled in a lot of different programs not knowing what I wanted to do and while I was doing it, I was always spending way more time in the fine arts and I love it and it’s so important to do what you love so that’s what I do.

Q: In your final year, what do you think you’ve taken away about yourself as an artist?

A: I’ve certainly learned how to become more of a professional or get a better understanding of how to become a professional artist because ultimately, that’s what I want to do. As soon as I graduate, I don’t intend on teaching or anything like that, I intend on being an artist.

Q: What does that look like?

A: Being a professional artist? I think it’s showing. I think it’s having fun and it’s certainly not the image that people think. It’s not the dressing up in weird clothing and Andy Warhol and your hair defines you as an artist as much as your work— it’s not that. It’s your work. It’s pouring your heart and soul into it, just like any career because that’s what it is, a career, and you have to treat it like that.

Q: If you were going to explain your work, what would you tell them?

A: Completely experiential. It would be an installation work so it would be in the 3-D realm where I’d be activating a space and it is some of the work that is the most difficult to document, which is why you definitely want to be there to see it. It’s the kind of work you might go and see and it might put shivers down your spine.

Eric Fagervik stands behind part of his latest installation piece. The crane will spin around an interactive space located in a repurposed camper. PHOTO BY JENIFER NORWELL