Carrie Allison

Artist Biography

Carrie Allison is a Métis/nêhiýaw and mixed European descent multidisciplinary visual artist, mother, community organizer, and occasional instructor based in Kjipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki (Halifax, Nova Scotia). She grew up on the unceded and unsurrendered lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Tsawwassen Nations. Her maternal roots and relations are based in maskotewisipiy (High Prairie, Alberta), Treaty 8.

Situated in Kjipuktuk since 2010, her practice responds to her maternal nêhiýaw/Cree and Métis ancestry, thinking through intergenerational cultural loss and acts of reclaiming, resilience, resistance, and activism, while also thinking through notions of allyship, kinship and visiting. Her practice is rooted in research and pedagogical discourses. Allison’s work seeks to reclaim, remember, recreate, and celebrate her ancestry through visual discussions often utilizing beading, embroidery, handmade paper, watercolour, websites, QR codes, audio, video and animation. Old and new technologies are combined to tell stories of the land, continuance, growth, and of healing. Allison’s fascination with the earth is a constant inspiration to her practice and oftentimes, non-human beings such as rivers, rocks, plants, or animals become the subjects of her work.

Exhibition Statement

askiy is an exhibition that honours the life of plants through the time intensive practice of beading; as well as questions and brings forth colonial histories of using plants, or destroying plants, to control and dominate lands across Mother Earth. Through the gesture of beading Allison contemplates each plant’s personal meaning, history, past and future.

BIPOC Craft Gathering in conjunction with Carrie Allison’s exhibition askiy

NEW DATE: Jan 7, 2023 from 1-3pm

A gathering for BIPOC crafters, crafties, artists, and thinkers to come together to craft, play, eat, share, and listen to one another. Carrie Allison and the Mary E. Black Gallery is hosting this gathering so BIPOC can share their experiences, their dreams, and their hopes for the future in craft, in a closed space gathering. Candy, pastries and beverages will be provided as well as some craft based materials. Bring a project you want to talk about, a project you are currently working on, or just bring yourself and enjoy the company.

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