Carrie Allison-Goodfellow is an Indigenous mixed-race artist currently pursuing her Master in Fine Art at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Originally from Vancouver, BC, she has called Halifax, NS her home for over seven years. Carrie’s practice responds to her maternal Cree and Metis ancestry, thinking through intergenerational cultural loss and acts of resilience and resistance. Her work seeks to reclaim, remember, recreate and celebrate her ancestry through visual discourses. Currently in her practice, Carrie has been exploring systems of data and information along with digital and new media art forms as ways to translate and interpret information to viewers seeking to engage them in acts of learning. Carrie looks to Indigenous, mixed-race, antiracist, feminist and environmental theorists to critically examine the world around her.
Carrie received her Bachelor degrees in Art History and in Fine Art from NSCAD University, where she also participated in the Arts in Schools Initiation Program, teaching and practicing art in South Africa. After graduating, Carrie participated in the NSCAD Community Studio Residency program in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where she maintained a lively artistic practice within the community, completing two public murals. During her first year in the Masters program Carrie interned at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery to assist and support Walking With Our Sisters, a community-based art memorial for missing and murdered Indigenous women. After the internship completed, Carrie stayed on as a Volunteer Coordinator for WWOS, which had a tremendous impact on her studio and academic practice. Carrie’s latest work was for Nocturne’s 2017 Vanish event titled 150 Numbers. 150 Numbers seeks to disrupt the current dominant Canadian narrative by illustrating First Nations narratives from the last 150 years. It is a beaded installation that highlights pressing and disturbing histories that are shared by many First Nations people across Canada. This installation is made from 150 beaded bracelets that depict numbers relating to First Nation experiences in Canada during the last 150 years. As a way for viewers to gain access to the information there was a beaded QR code which was a portal to an online website showing each bracelet and information about the number, as well as the original sources to encourage self-educating.