Born in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 territory to Polish and Mennonite parents, Bryce currently lives and works in Treaty 7 territory, in Moh’kinstsis, or Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
At first studying to become a chef, then changing course to journalism, Bryce found his way to photography as medium of expression and spent 10 years making images for national magazines and news outlets. The experience of producing images for assignment work led him to focus on what was happening behind the story, specifically what was generally excluded from the frame. This desire to look deeper and experiment with how information is found, recorded and re-produced, has followed Bryce into his art.
I consider a slow unearthing and reconstruction of my severed family ties and traditions, as an unfolding map for ways of knowing and connecting to the past, present and future.
Interested in the relationships between memory, belief, trauma, healing and the senses, my artwork combines a background in food and advertising with archival images, recipes, histories of loss, family, religion, and an examination of the Canadian western settler identity.
Using photography, digital manipulation, food, found objects, sculpture and a skeptical sense of humour to explore the connections between foundational and discarded experiences, in order to reconstruct new narratives out of this process.
My recent body of work relates to the softening of the contours of a memory with time. Printed on cloth, small creases may appear on the surface, implying that care is required when unearthing the past. A focus on discarded scenes and materials are interwoven with themes of humour and being able to laugh at misfortune.