BFA, BA, MFA
Carrie Allison is an Indigenous mixed-ancestor multidisciplinary visual artist born and raised on unceded and unsurrendered Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC), with maternal roots in High Prairie, Alberta. Situated in K’jipuktuk since 2010, Allison’s practice responds to her maternal 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. Allison’s practice is rooted in research and pedagogical discourses. Her work seeks to reclaim, remember, recreate and celebrate her ancestry through visual discussions often utilizing beading, embroidery, handmade paper, watercolour, websites, QR codes, audio, and video.
Allison’s practice is time intensive, repetitive, durational, and thoughtful; she uses beading to connect with histories, narratives, relatives, and ancestors. For Nocturne’s 2017 Allison made 150, an installation of 150 beaded bracelets that foreground First Nations histories since confederation, which was nominated for NSCAD’s Starfish Award 2018 in the intermedia category. Her Master’s thesis exhibition, titled Sîpîy (river in Cree) explores connecting to rivers and ancestral lands through intense practice of beading. She beaded two ten-metre rivers, the Heart River and the Fraser River, while also organizing a community project beading the Shubenacadie River to promote and support the work of Stop Alton Gas. The Shubenacadie River Beading Project is a community collaborative project that thinks through notions of kinship, solidarity, and inspiring allyship. The individual pieces were auctioned off to raise funds for Stop Alton Gas’ legal fees.
Allison often looks to the natural world; fascinated by Mother Earth’s living beings they become the subjects of deep contemplation and interaction. In the summer of 2018 Allison completed a four-month residency at The Museum of Natural History in Halifax, facilitated by the Y-Level Residency Program at Eyelevel Artist Run Centre, where she made seven beaded interpretations of endangered botanicals native to Nova Scotia. In early 2019 Allison completed the Center For Art Tapes Media Scholarship, a six-month education and mentorship program for artists new to media arts. Through this program she was able to learn the basics of video and audio production and editing. Allison was also one of four mentees in the Visual Arts Nova Scotia Mentorship Program, where she worked with Ursula Johnson. Currently Allison has work exhibited in Sackville, New Brunswick, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Calgary, Alberta. Allison will be participating in Plug-In’s Summer Institute 2019, Indigenous Architectures, and Glam Collective’s Memory Keeper II. She is also one of the artist-in-residence for Eastern Edge’s Land-Based Residency in fall 2019 facilitated by Marlene Creates. Allison will be exhibiting work at the Textile Museum of Canada and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in fall 2019.
Allison holds a Master in Fine Art, a Bachelor in Fine Art and a Bachelor in Art History from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD). Allison has performed and exhibited throughout the Maritimes and has received grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Arts Nova Scotia, and Canada Council for the Arts.