Based in London Ontario, Mark Stebbins is an artist who works across painting and digital art exploring links between technology, memory and artistic labour. His works have been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Awards include Honourable Mention in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (2010) and grants by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. His work resides in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, London Arts Council, Halifax Regional Municipality and the Royal Bank of Canada. He is represented by Galerie Simon Blais in Montreal.
“Blur” — from Stebbins’ 2019 exhibition Oblivion Souvenirs — depicts two children at play, with the child on the right obscured by motion blur. The artist’s process fuses the immediacy of mobile photography with the slow art of quilting: Stebbins has reconstructed a candid digital snapshot piece-by-piece from hundreds of scans of textiles (mostly the clothing of the artist’s family). The figures are rendered simultaneously familiar yet indistinct, as if floating on the cusp of memory. Not only is blur a result of the camera’s failure to capture motion, but also of the mind’s struggle to capture the passing of time.
digital, archival inkjet on paper, ed. 4/5