KRISTI RYBA: painter, printmaker, video animation, sewing
My life has been rooted in family issues and household concerns. These experiences are what shape my art making as I call into question embedded attitudes, opinions and beliefs regarding the value of woman’s work, the messages and myths regarding family, as well as how longing and nostalgia influence our memory.

I use memory as a resource to explore and reveal my ideas about grief, longing, humor and nostalgia, about home, family, motherhood and gender roles. The questions I ask myself are, “How do we make sense of a life, our parents and now ourselves, as we age and physically decline? How did our childhood and family of origin shape our choices? Inspired by vintage photographs from my birth family I make images, vintage style clothing and stop motion videos.