ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Camille-Zoé Valcourt-Synnott (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist from Quebec (QC), now based in Dartmouth/Halifax (NS). She graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in 2018 and an MFA from NSCAD University in 2020. Her performances reflect on the value of the artist’s work, perceptions of productivity and where life and art meet. Referencing everyday tasks, (non)remunerated work and invisible labor, her practice points to the flaws already present within the arts but that are, too often, not acknowledged. She is interested in the intersections between labor, gender and class dynamics, and how they all play a part in making certain audiences feel welcome in different art spaces. Her performance and text-based work has been shown in artist-run centers and galleries across Canada. In 2020-2021, she held a grant writing position with Forest City Gallery (London, ON) as both a year-long performance and employment position created by conceptual artist Joshua Schwebel. She has recently received financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts to complete training in curation with the Node Center (Berlin, DE). She currently works at the Dalhousie Art Gallery and is one of the Media Art Scholars at the Center for Art Tapes (CFAT).
Violet Pask is an aspiring writer with an interest in media arts. She has a particular interest in psychoanalysis, sound, and adaptation, but is mostly inspired by communal work and learning from those around her.
Kit Holden-Ada is a prairie-born multidisciplinary settler artist and craftsperson based in Kjiputktuk, Mi’kma’ki (Halifax, NS). They studied as an interdisciplinary artist (ceramics/sound metalsmithing) at NSCAD University and have been producing a line of jewellery work, Fervour’s Own Jewellery, since 2011. They appreciate working in close relationship with the body and the elements and consider hand making an embodiment practice. Kit maintains slow engagement with movement, sound art, and installation-based work centering curious explorations of (queer)relationality, practice and play. They write poetry on the sly and keep starting to learn the drums.
Rachel Bruch is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, painter and aspiring filmmaker based in K’jipuktuk (Halifax). Her solo project Blue Lobelia, is a blend of classical and indie-folk influence that features looping, violin, voice and guitar. Under this name she has released two full-length albums Perennial (2016) and Beneath all Bloom (2019). In 2021 Rachel composed and performed arrangements of Folk songs & Broadside Ballads from the Helen Creighton Collection for release under Big Turnip Records. Her first work in digital filmmaking was a music video for her song, Holding on must always lead to letting go (2021). Rachel’s art is deeply informed by her work as a mother and as a music therapist in dementia and end-of-life care. Her creative practice explores personal reactions to and reflections on vulnerability, love and resilience in the face of loss and suffering.
Steph Rybczyn is a human person who inhabits various little corners of K’jipuktuk (Halifax) with her various two legged, four legged, finned, winged, and leafy pals. Her work is very whimsical, and nearly always informed by the grief and precarity of having a body at all, let alone staying in it! Never certain if her own memories are fact or fabrication, she functions from a place of “who-knows”. A good story is always welcome: She believes that all objects have secret lives that can be witnessed if you ask right. That witnessing, that silently sensing a happening, is sacred and is a most important practice in the new relationship structures needed to get out of this mess. She likes to sing secret songs to the inhabitants of her personal ecosystems, which sometimes looks like decorating the plants and building experimental cat toys out of toilet paper tubes.
Rebecca Wolfe (she/her) is an emerging multimedia theatre artist in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. She is an actor, dancer, producer, educator, writer and now video artist thanks to CFAT. Specializing in physical and devised theatre, she graduated from Humber College’s Theatre Performance Program in 2019. Currently she is developing a dance-theatre project with local choreographer and Media Arts Scholarship alumni, Anastasia Wiebe. She is the Artistic Producer of her company Alinea Theatre, which premiered her one act play, Penny at the Halifax Fringe. You can find her teaching across the HRM at places such as the MacPhee Centre for Learning, Leica Hardy School of Dance and Halifax Regional Arts. Rebecca has produced and worked behind the scenes with The Villains Theatre, HomeFirst Theatre and Live Art Dance. Her awards include the Lieutenant Governor Award of Nova Scotia for Excellence in the Arts, Theatre Nova Scotia Award and Eastern Front Theatre’s Ten-Minute Play Writing Contest. You can catch her acting on local TV shows including Diggstown, Trailer Park Boys, and Mr. D.