Vanessa Ryl is a textile artist who creates coiled wool sculptures. Her work experiments with shape and texture and requires a great deal of patience.
Initially weaving small, conventionally-shaped bowls, she began creating free-form sculptural objects. She then progressed to making clay bowls as the base for weaving. She takes pleasure in choosing her own colours, often combining unusual shades. Vanessa continues her artistic practice outside of the Nina by cross stitching with her Grandmother.
Vanessa has had success both locally and internationally. Her piece, “Seeds of Springtime” (pictured left), was displayed on a billboard in 2017 as part of YEG Canvas, and her doll sculpture was selected for exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2019 Vanessa was selected as the Stantec Artist of the Year and a solo exhibition of her work will be displayed throughout the city of Edmonton.
Artist of the Year Award
Selected by the Creative Team at the Nina the STANTEC ARTIST OF THE YEAR is an artist who has demonstrated a consistent commitment to their growth as an artist over a period of at least two years. This artist has developed a vision for their own art making which can be seen through the development of consistent identifiable style and a persistent interest in media or subject matter, resulting in artworks that are consistently chosen for exhibition or sale.