Steph Rybczyn is a multi-disciplinary artist working in K’Jipuktuk (Halifax NS). She uses textile practices combined with sculpture, colourmaking and bookmaking as a means of exploring the gap between bodies/objects: fleshy body and the imagined self; the body in relationship with world; the feeling and experiencing body; eroding the constructed separations between the body and "landscape". These practices create routes to decode and work through complex emotions, and encourage an experimentation in our attitudes towards being and relating.
Workshops and Activities
The ways we make art reveal a lot about how we see the world, and how we operate. Shifting our attitudes in art-making can help us shift our attitudes in life. The biggest underlying themes of my practice are place, and play. Play is an attitude that is about relationship : meeting another, engaging with the unknown, learning the language as you go, exploring, improvising, thinking critically and creatively, valuing process over product. Place should be present in everything we do: nothing exists in a vacuum, everything is informed by its surroundings, whether physical or abstract. Learning about the places we inhabit (through play) can give us a deep knowledge and grounding, and a willingness to trust not only our own bodies, but the body of the world around us. Through PAINTS, I can offer a variety of skills and activities centred around these attitudes. These include: textile making from found or recycled materials, book-making, paper-making, 3D felting, fashion/costume/wearable art, natural dyes and inks from foraged material, experimental map-making, and sculpture from found/foraged objects.
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Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Bookbinding, Mixed Media, Paper Mâché