Canadian artist Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Her site-responsive artworks explore divination and dreaming as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Through collaborative and individual works, she creates relationships between the personal sphere and the landscape, particularly during this ecological crisis. Bartol holds a BFA from the University of Windsor (Canada) and an MFA from Wayne State University (USA). In 2019 and 2021, she was long-listed for Canada’s Sobey Art Award representing Prairies and North. Spanning drawing, sculpture, photography, performance, video, and environmental and socially engaged art, her work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals in Germany, Hong Kong, Belgium, Romania, Argentina, Turkey, Colombia, Mexico, the U.S., and throughout Canada. Of mixed-European ancestry, Bartol is a white settler Canadian based in Treaty 7 Territory in Mohkínstsis/Calgary, Alberta where she teaches at Alberta University of the Arts. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; the Alberta Foundation for the Arts; RBC Art Collection; Scotiabank; and the City of Calgary Public Art Program.
Click here to watch a short video clip of Alana speaking about her series “A Woman Walking (the City Limits)”.