BFA, BA, MFA
firstname.lastname@example.orgCarrie Allison is an Indigenous mixed-ancestor 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. Allison looks to Indigenous, mixed-race, antiracist, anti-oppressive, feminist and environmental theorists to critically examine the world around her.
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 SSHRC and Arts Nova Scotia. 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. For Uncommon Common Art 2018 Allison created a digital walk through Miner’s Marsh exploring personal narratives and alternative histories, while encouraging pedagogical discourses and personal responsibilities located in the physical space of the park. Her Master’s thesis exhibition, titled Sîpîy (river in Cree) explored 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 an ongoing community project that thinks through notions of kinship, allyship and solidarity (please find more information at https://www.riversandwaterways.com/new-page-2/.
Most recently 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 five beaded interpretations of endangered botanicals native to Nova Scotia. This residency culminated in a three-month exhibition at the museum where the beaded interpretations and the botanicals specimens can be viewed side by side. In February 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 I was able to learn the basics of video and audio production and editing. Currently I am one of four mentees in the Visual Arts Nova Scotia Mentorship Program, where Allison is working with Ursula Johnson to build a career within the Indigenous Contemporary Art world. Allison has three upcoming exhibitions in the summer of 2019 at The Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and The New Gallery in Calgary, Alberta.