Sally Raab received a BFA in drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2010. She has curated a small handful of exhibitions in Calgary and writes critical essays and art-related narratives/personal accounts. She maintains a multidisciplinary art practice dealing with notions of organic systems theory, the natural world and equality politics. Her work has been both published and exhibited in Canada and the United States, occasionally with her partner, DIY technologist Shawn Wolchyn. A lover of artist-run culture, She currently chairs the board of directors and programming committee for Eyelevel Gallery.
Workshops and Activities
My own work is really rooted in social justice and community engagement. I use a broad variety of craft practices alongside video and technology to create work that is inviting and interactive. No material is off-limits, and I really enjoy placing my work in unexpected locations. I think that these ideas of openness, play and sensitivity have a valuable place in schools, especially when in the context of creative expression. I’ve found that the best way to approach these ideas with youth and kids is to start by getting our hands dirty! Much of my workshops begin with simply learning about a process that my students have never encountered before. This could include casting, papermaking, knitting or even things like darkroom photography and video (I taught a really successful class on how to build your own pinhole camera). Starting with learning a new skill often empowers and inspires my students to start thinking about the creative applications of what's been learned. From then, we can look at examples from art history and contemporary art of these kinds of skills being used in interesting and unexpected ways, inviting my students to do the same. For example, if we learn how to knit, we might look at Joseph Beuys and ask how we can use this process to create something unusual such as a performance or an installation. Building up to a final goal, such as an exhibition, also encourages students to take on more ambitious projects, share ideas and work together.
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7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise
3D/Sculpture, Video, Contemporary Art Practice, Art Criticism, Performance/Installation