Discover Local Artists: Terre Rybovich, Art After Dark

Take it off.

By her own admission, Terre Rybovich has chosen an unconventional approach to making art. Usually, when you think about creativity and the actual process of drawing, you picture an artist making marks with brushes, charcoal sticks or pencils.

Rybovich, though, reverses the process. She draws by taking charcoal off the paper, using her body as the instrument, which is an extremely intimate interplay (and completely her own invention).

“I use my body, instead of just my hands, because I believe that the body knows things that our conscious minds don’t know,” she said.

On Thursday evening, May 13, as one of the Artists of Palm Beach County featured at the Norton Museum’s “Art After Dark,” she intends to demonstrate her process.

But, don’t raise your eyebrows just yet. Although Rybovich certainly bares her soul every time she creates, she won’t be taking it all off at the Norton.  However, she will give us an inkling of her very private process.

Viewers, though, must engage as well.

Typically, when a work is finished, she leaves the images open-ended and mysterious, because she aims for her viewers to join her in discovering imagery.

For Thursday’s demonstration, her audience will be part of the entire process. She and they will gaze into the unknown together, and transform her initial imprints into imagery.

Collaborating with chance is the foundation of what she does, she explains. “I don’t start a drawing knowing what I want the outcome to be. I start by opening myself to the process, and inviting random, found images (bodyprints) to tell me what to draw. I learn things from the bodyprints.  And they lead me to make drawings that my mind wouldn’t conceive on its own.

Terre Rybovich, daughter of Tommie Rybovich, Palm Beach County’s noted boat designer and builder, follows in her family’s artistic footprints. She has drawn all her life, and has had numerous exhibits throughout the county. She is represented by Mary Woerner of Mary Woerner Fine Arts, 6107 Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.

The Norton Museum’s “Art After Dark,” every second Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., offers music, film, special tours with curators and docents, hands-on art activities, a cash bar, and menu options from Café 1451.

General admission is $12. Children 12 and under and members are free.

Norton Museum of Art is at 1451 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach. For information, call (561) 832-5196. To see Rybovich’s finished drawings, visit her site.

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