Artistic Statement 


Drawing parallels between the archival potential of textile objects and the craftsmanship tradition, I explore the schematics of remembrance modulated by habits, traditions and body movements. Through newer technologies I include sonic elements into my work to reflect back textile labour as deconstructed rhythms of the past. These rhythms influence how the viewer moves in response to the work, stepping back and forth to activate the sonic narration. Underlining the performative aspect of textile craft, Tajima Sound Wave, The Rhythm of weaving into Space and Resonance can be seen as choreographies of living archives.

My source materials are fibrous elements as linen, cotton and wool and electronic components as conductive silver threads and microcontrollers that I include in weavings and interactive / participative installations. For the past year, weaving and the weaving loom became my main subject; I consider the body movements created by the weaver as being the transaction from body movement to cloth, from ancient knowledge to contemporary textile structures. Along history weaving has been a living archive performed from generation to generation, and the loom is a transactional object that is maintaining the rhythms of traditions and identities. Echoes of the Loom and Textile Acoustics, underline the interlacing capacity of textile traditions not only to create a textile object but also to function as connector between generations and communities. My research is about how textiles, especially weavings, perform as living archives and how acoustic elements influence our understanding of their materiality.


Born in Switzerland, Ryth Kesselring moved to Québec during her childhood. After she obtained her Baccalaureate in Fine Arts at Concordia University 2019, she is now a MFA candidate at the same institution with a specialization in fibres and material practices. She was part of studio subTela as research assistant and worked on soft circuits and embroideries for smart textiles. Her research focuses on sound, textiles and the rhythms of craftsmanship as imprints of the textile memories.

She is a recipient of several research grants and awards as the Milieux, institute for Arts, Culture and Technology undergraduate fellowship 2017-2018 and the Irene F. Whittome Prize in Studio Arts 2019. In response to the 2020 pandemic she joined a research team as MITACS intern to evaluate the potential of textile face masks. Kesselring is also active as a studio art teacher in elementary and high schools. Her work has been shown in Canada as well as in Switzerland, Spain, France and Iceland.

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