RYAT        ˈrī-ət        

Drawing Chalk 
2023 - ongoing 
Initial piece created at the Headlands Center for the Arts 

Drawing Chalk is an ongoing drawing practice with various public’s impacted by gun violence. The work explores our societal relationship to firearms and mass shootings through the lens of a playground. Participants were given pastel pieces of chalk in the shape of guns and were asked to draw various images from news media coverage of mass shootings using the objects, effectively grinding them into dust. This work examines the impact random acts of violence have on the collective psyche by turning a play pastime into a stage for collective anxieties around gun violence. By physically grinding the chalk guns into powder, the performance becomes a symbolic act of firearm disposal while rendering new visual interpretations around the influence of public violence on our bodies and psyches.

Upcoming | Current
Tactics of Erasure at ReflectSpace, Glendale

Recent Exhibitions
Collision Practice at Human Resources and the LGBT Center

growth lies, pack of truth at Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles  Opening October 1st - January 8th

Durden and Ray at the Bendix building, Los Angeles

It’s kind of a scary feeling, LAXART for X-TRA Summer Launch Party

Contact: ryat.yezbick [at] gmail.com

Photography: Hagen Betzwieser, Keelan O’Hehir, Jessica Wittman, Panayiotis Tsangas, Cedric Tai, Eleni Maligoura, Zach Korol-Gold, Gabriel Sweet

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