Stephanie Patsula is an interdisciplinary and performance artist whose work consistently explores interactions between her body, collected or built objects, and her surroundings—natural and urban. Patsula documents the relationship to her surroundings by collecting and recording sound and movement. Through these encounters with place and object, Patsula creates poetic analogies for human relationships to each other and nature. Using her own body to sculpt and explore the fluidity of a person’s everyday experiences of dominance and subordination, Patsula intentionally references symbol theory, ritual, and body language. In doing so, she seeks to create ephemeral images that move the eye across forms in unexpected ways.
Patsula is an MFA candidate at the University of Alberta and works and resides in Edmonton, Alberta. Her solo exhibition Vessel was shown at the Kamloops Art Gallery in 2014. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Padlock Gallery, Kamloops, 2016; Lake Country Gallery, 2015; Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, 2014; and Salmon Arm Art Gallery, 2014. She has participated in residencies at Island Mountain Arts, Wells, BC (2016); and Wells Gray Provincial Park (2014).