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Tracing Memory: A Process Art Workshop

Zoom Ritter

Halley Ritter is an artist and curator living and working on Treaty 1 Territory.

Halley is fixated - in her life, in her art, and in her curatorial practice - on the subjects of memory and collective identity in the context of contemporary Jewish culture. Halley’s Jewish identity informs and inspires every aspect of her life and, in turn, she has spent much of her life seeking to learn more about Jewish identity; how it evolves and changes, how to accurately explain it in words, and how to adequately capture it visually. Experimenting with different strategies and approaches, Halley’s artistic practice is rooted in reflection, contemplation, and remembering. She will be creating forever and will always be looking to find a uniquely Jewish way of expressing her thoughts through her art.

In the spring of 2021, Halley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of Manitoba, exploring painting, printmaking, installation art, and art history throughout her degree. She is currently participating in the Government of Canada’s Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program as the Curatorial Assistant at the University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery and has had the opportunity to curate two exhibitions throughout her term: “Alone Time” and “Breaths, Monuments, Offerings.” This summer, Halley will be taking on the role of Director of Judaic Programming at Camp Massad Manitoba; a very special place to which she credits much of her passion for Judaic culture and the discovery of her own unique Jewish identity.

‘Tracing Memory’ is a process art workshop. Art derives meaning from process (aka how it’s made) not only how it appears in the end. This means that the making is what matters here, not the end product; there is no pressure to produce a Picasso and no previous art knowledge or skills required! 

What you’ll need to participate:

-    10 pieces of paper (any size you’re comfortable with, I’d recommend cutting some 8.5”x11” sheets in half, but it’s totally up to you!)

-    something to draw with (pencils, pens, markers, crayons… anything that will stay where you put it on the paper and won’t create too much mess, but whatever you like to use will work just fine!)

-    a creative spirit 

-    stories to share!

We will be learning and practicing a meditative drawing technique which we will use to trace through the details of special memories and moments from our lives. We will begin with a few warm-up exercises before we begin. The main event will involve several rounds of drawing with breaks to share our work and stories with each other periodically as we go. ‘Tracing Memory’ will encourage moments of personal reflection and contemplation and will also provide an opportunity for meaningful connection with the other participants.