Sybil Archibald was born like a fish out of water into the spiritual desert of Los Angeles, California. She has spent her life seeking to satisfy her spiritual thirst through art. Creating art is her spiritual path and she activity seeks to change and grow through the act of making art. Her mission is to inspire to embrace change and see their fundamentally spiritual nature.
Around the age of six, Archibald discovered a layer of clay on her family’s orange farm. Fascinated and inspired by its texture and movement, she began to sculpt. Clay is teaming with microbes, pulsing with life we cannot see. It is clay that first taught her to look beyond the surface and to find a deep reverence for the creative act. She learned that making art is a spiritual partnership with the physical world. Since this time, her work has been a record of this partnership, a transformative spiritual journey bound and embraced by the physical world. This experience helped her to come to terms with her diagnosis of scleroderma in 1991. Archibald uses her art practice to transform and heal her internal landscape when she is unable to heal her physical body. She believes every challenge is the opportunity to delve more deeply into the well of creativity and bridge the gap between the spiritual and material world.
Largely self-taught, Sybil holds a B.A. in medieval spirituality from NYU and trained extensively in traditional sacred arts including Russian Icon painting and manuscript illumination at the School of Sacred Arts (SOSA) in Manhattan. As a contemporary artist, she draws upon the discipline and reverence for the sacred that she learned at SOSA. Sybil’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Montclair Art Museum. Her works are in private collections in the US and Europe including Mount Holyoke College. She currently works out of her light-filled home studio in South Orange, NJ surrounded by her family, two dogs and 12 koi fish.