Rayburn’s artistic practice is a blundering convergence of video, text, and still imagery. Often via appropriation and obsessive repetition, her work humorously addresses ideas around ‘the other’, human/non-human relations, and concepts of boundary and transgression through the lens of sci-fi, history, religion, and popular culture.
Challenging visual conventions and narrative structures, hyper-saturated, lo-fi images occupy an uncomfortable threshold somewhere between reality and not here. Through an abundance of absurd propositions, Rayburn proffers multiple and disparate viewpoints, offers few resolutions, challenges presuppositions of difference and otherness, and in an ideal although not real world, disrupts everything.
Rayburn has screened at video festivals internationally, such as Athens Digital Art Festival (Greece, 2018, 2017, & 2014), European Media Arts Festival (Germany, 2017 & 2014 + We, The Enemy tour), Antimatter [Media Art] Festival (Canada, 2017 & 2016), Experiments in Cinema (USA), Festival Les Instants Vidéo (France, 2015 & 2014), Video Babel Festival (Peru), Jornadas de Reapropiación (Mexico), Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotá (Colombia, + Mujeres, Subversión en la imagen experimental en movimiento tour), & Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival (USA, 2018 & 2017), and has exhibited at centers such as Ohio State University Mansfield Gallery, Harcourt House, Latitude 53, Stride Gallery, and Artspace. She holds an MFA from the University of Western Ontario and a BFA Honors from the University of Alberta, and is currently a permanent faculty instructor at the Yukon School of Visual Art (Fall). Rayburn is the founder and producer of Cold Cuts Video Festival, and currently lives and works between Dawson City, Yukon, Canada, and more southerly locations.
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Nicole Rayburn 2018