connections of gestures

Carrie Allison

Sep 10 - Oct 23, 2021

connections of gestures explores beaded animation in video, still life, and beaded works. Carrie Allison was inspired by beadwork held in museums across Turtle Island, how these pieces hold ancestors, tell stories and connect us through time and space. Through combining animation and beadwork the artist seeks to visually narrate the practice of beading and bring viewers closer to an understanding of beadwork’s animacy.

Bio

Carrie Allison is a nêhiýaw/cree, Métis, and European descent visual artist based in K’jipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). She grew up on the unceded and unsurrendered lands of the Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) Nations. Allison’s maternal roots are based in maskotewisipiy (High Prairie, Alberta), Treaty 8. She is an active member of the arts community and is currently Co-Chair of the Eyelevel Artist Run Centre Board.

Allison holds a Master in Fine Art, a Bachelor in Art History, and a Bachelor in Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Her work has been exhibited nationally in The Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, and Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick. She has had solo exhibitions at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, the Owens Art Gallery, The Museum of Natural History, and The New Gallery. Allison has received grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Arts Nova Scotia and Canada Council for the Arts and is the recipient of this years’ Melissa Levin Award from the Textile Museum of Canada. Allison’s work has been shown in Canadian Art, Esse and Visual Arts News.