winter / spring / summer / autumn, 2018

original concept 2006

Strathmire Drawaing paper, cover Fabriano Murillo nero

H 8cm X L 24cm X D 4.3cm


The International Flipbook Festival is a rare celebration of hand-powered cinema, spotlighting a largely overlooked yet ubiquitous art form.  From photographic pioneers like Edward Muybridge and Thomas Edison to Andy Warhol and Joe Fafard, artists of every kind have used this unassuming precursor of the moving pictures both as a creative

tool and an art product.

…Among the international and hugely diverse group of participants is Montreal artist, Joyce Ryckman, known for her photo-based work since the early 1980’s.  This venue turned out to be unexpectedly suited for an artist preoccupied with the subtleties of both movement and light.

Taken from her 1999 work Où il est question de la nature : les saisons, Ryckman’s entry is a nostalgic reflection on the passage of time as echoed in the minutiae of nature.

Titled simply October, it offers a cursory visual meditation, a soft plunge into inky darkness leading to a gently unfolding mystery of the seasons, in this case Fall.  With but a touch of colour, the photographs in Ryckman’s flipbook are shadow infused and painterly, as is most of her work.

As the pages skip by, a sensation takes hold even before the eye begins to grasp the emerging image.  The viewer is instantly drawn into an enigmatic, almost primordial space, desperate for light, for life.  It unfolds unhurriedly. taking the form of dark woods, of rough, peeling bark.  Closer and closer, a yellowed leaf held gently in someone’s

hand, and then back to the velvety darkness, back to the beginning.

In the myriad kaleidoscopic images presented at this fascinating festival…Ryckman’s sensuously melancholic visual stroll stands out for its sophisticated pictorial originality.…

Dorota Kozinska

Vie des Arts No 205  HIVER 2006—2007



The world of bookbinding celebrates the city’s 375th anniversary in words and images bound into an exhibition of art of an exceptional kind.

Presented by the Quebec Bookbinders and Book Artists Association (Association québécoise des relieurs et desartistes du livre or AQRAL) "Montreal's 375th: a look at the book, a look at the city" is an exhibition that should appeal even to those unfamiliar with the sophisticated world of bookbinders and book artists.

The artistry involved in creating art books requires both the love of words as well as a talent for visual expression. Montreal multi-media artist Joyce Ryckman has found a niche in this exciting milieu, and her contribution to the exhibition is a visual, poetic and tactile work of art incorporating verse, photography and bookbinding into one coherent piece.

Imbued with her lyrical, at times profoundly personal aesthetic, The Scent of Leaves in Summer is an elongated, horizontal album in elegant black that, resting on its organic spine like a cradle when opened, reveals a vista at once visual and literary. Composed of–some of the techniques will require further explanation–single sheets, folded pages, stab binding, tue-mouche binding and digitally printed on Arches paper, the book is sewn with linen thread transforming it into a unique kind of manuscript. The pictures by emerging photographer Jessica Blair that illustrate it are nuanced and resonate with Ryckman's subtle poetry.

The book unfolds almost like an origami, revealing stanzas invoking images that speak of the artist's personal journey:

we talked
between breaths in concentric circles

she said
in winter I don’t think of snow falling

I remember
the scent of leaves in summer

The Scent of Leaves in Summer

Dorota Kozinska

Vie des Arts Webzine

12 juin 2017

The Scent of Leaves in Summer, 2016

H 21.6cm X L 30.0cm closed

H 21.6cm X L 90cm open

Arches, paper, cover Arches

edition 3

The Scent of Leaves in Summer, 2016

photographs : Jessica Blair

Poem : Joyce Ryckman