Arts Commons Presents
STRESS IS A MONSTER THAT EATS ME ALIVE
By Darryl Sinclair
Location: Lightbox Studio
I am a multi-disciplinary artist who works two-dimensionally with pen and pencil and three-dimensionally with fabric. Through both mediums my practice focuses closely on mental illness and navigating my relationship with myself. While I use both mediums explore similar topics, I employ each media to explore them differently.
Through traditional media I typically illustrate a caricature of myself who will navigate my thoughts and feelings. I often use oddity and humour to broach topics that are mundane or serious to make them palatable, relatable, and easily digestible for myself and others. With my fibre art I find myself creating objects of play; stuffed animals with interactive elements that are fun to engage with and that connect me to my childhood. Oddity finds its way into my tactile work as well, manifesting as flapping mouths, nipples, or pockets to store serious thoughts and feelings.
Artist and designer Darryl Sinclair was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1994. Being raised by artistic parents, she took to her creative side naturally. Seeing many different forms of expression and exploring as many mediums as she could get her hands on, she was often getting in trouble for drawing on bed sheets, getting paint in the carpet, and destroying garments to use as fabric for sewing projects.
Finding a better creative outlet than household items, Darryl attended the Alberta University for the Arts where she co-founded and directed the Fridge Gallery – the first gallery space for students in the school of design. Darryl sat on multiple boards and committees while in student government representing her peers and she participated in AUArts’ Artist in Residence program. Darryl graduated from the Alberta University for the Arts in 2017 with a Bachelor of Design and is currently working as a graphic designer at Sajak & Farki.