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Carrie Allison: clearing

May 25, 2019 - September 8, 2019

Year 2019 Theme Drawing & Printmaking, Emerging Artists, Indigenous, Painting
Carrie Allison, Displaced (2017)

Organized by MSVU Art Gallery

clearing brings together Displaced, Carrie Allison’s 2017 watercolour and ephemeral ink drawings, and her new series of beaded portraits of grass. Using landscape imagery, botanical studies and the symbolism of institutional collection and preservation, Allison contemplates what is lost and found through the consumption and commodification of land. In conjunction with the exhibition, Allison will host public events and workshops as part of her summer residency at MSVU Art Gallery.

Carrie Allison is an Indigenous mixed-ancestry visual artist born and raised on unceded and unsurrendered Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver), with roots in High Prairie, Alberta. Situated in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) since 2010, Allison’s practice responds to her maternal Cree and Métis ancestry, thinking through intergenerational cultural loss and acts of reclaiming, resilience, kinship and visiting. Allison received her Master and Bachelor in Fine Art and Bachelor in Art History from NSCAD University.


Artist Carrie Allison will facilitate a series of workshops that experiment with the photosensitive drawing techniques used in her exhibition clearing. Each workshop will begin with a walk to a nearby site of clear cut woods, which will be the subject of the communal drawing component of the workshop.

The workshops are free but advanced registration is required. Drawing experience is not required.
Registration, access information and more details can be found HERE.

Workshops will take place from 1:00-4:00pm on June 29, July 20, July 27.

Artist Residency

In conjunction with her exhibition clearing, artist Carrie Allison will be present in her studio at MSVU Art Gallery most Tuesdays in June and July. During her residency Carrie will work on a new project she describes as “a body of work that examines the act and impact of clear-cutting trees, thinking and beading through this difficult theme with contemplation, meditation and duration.” Visitors are welcome to drop by the studio to chat with Carrie and are invited to (learn how to) bead with her, regardless of skill level. Supplies are provided and Carrie is happy to demonstrate beading techniques based on the subjects she is focusing on. Other activities may take place as well!

Carrie will be present in the studio from 11am – 3pm on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30.