Mother and son collaborate for installation-based exhibition “Rooms”

Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre's latest exhibition, Rooms, includes installation-based pieces created by five local artists.

Artist Krista Stovel asked her son Tettey Tetteh to create an audio piece to go along with the visual art she created for her piece Living Room. Photo: Melissa Jameson/Revelstoke Mountaineer.

The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre’s newest exhibition, titled Rooms, has transformed the gallery with installation-based pieces created by five local artists.

Among the installations is Krista Stovel’s piece The Living Room. The installation piece combines her visual creations with audio created by her son Tettey Tetteh to explore patterns unique to her life.

“I’m a visual artist now, but I have a history in sound. I used to work in radio. I did music and I worked with musicians. So it was really important to use that part of my life,” said Stovel. “Tettey is a musician so I thought well, who better to articulate my life than my 17-year-old son.”

Andrew Sykes listens to the audio created by Tettey Tetteh as part of his mom, Krista Stovel’s piece titled “Living Room.” The collaborative piece explores patterns unique to Stovel’s life. Photo: Melissa Jameson/Revelstoke Mountaineer.

Stovel gave Tetteh a number of cassettes of her old radio shows, CD’s she performed on and CD’s she worked with musicians on.

“He didn’t use any of them. He just listened and then he went on and did his own thing, which is what his perception of who I was as a human being and his perception of what it is to be an artist. It became very … this is my life in images and then he created a sound piece that is my life as an artist, but then he dissected it and started to dissect what it is to be an artist creating a piece. So he and his brother (Nii Noi) started discussing the creative process within the soundbites. So it is really circular.”

Tetteh said Stovel told him about her piece and said she wanted him to create music for it.

Ariel Christman (left) chats with artist Sandra Flood about her installation titled “Dining Room.” Photo: Melissa Jameson/Revelstoke Mountaineer.

“The actual artwork came from a bunch of snippets of her art. We were looking at wallpapers for me for my music and my room and she realized she should do wallpapers out of her art for the art show,” said Tetteh. “I’ve kind of brought my dad into it just for … that’s part of her life obviously.”

Tetteh’s dad (also named Tettey) is a musician.

“He plays music to this day in Ghana and that inspired me. A lot of his music inspired me in the piece and I sampled from him,” he said.

A line up of people gathered to listen to the piece created by Tetteh as they visually explored the art created by Stovel. Tetteh said watching people experience the piece during the opening of the exhibition on Friday night was pretty cool.

“Most people are saying it makes them look at different sides of the piece, but I kind of did it in a general aspect of the piece. It’s really cool to see everyone going through it and giving me their different opinions on it,” Tetteh said. “I had no idea that’s what it would make people feel. It’s a good outcome. I’m really happy with it.”

For her piece Two Pink Dresses, Jacquie Pendergast created two princess-themed bedrooms. One is reminiscent of her childhood in England and the other was created with her granddaughter in mind. Photo:Melissa Jameson/Revelstoke Mountaineer.

Other pieces in the exhibition include: The Bedroom, created by Francine Lanoie; Retreat, created by Julia Crucil; Two Pink Dresses, created by Jacquie Pendergast, and; the Dining Room, created by Sandra Flood.

Rooms runs at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre until October 27.


Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at