Canadian artist Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Her site-responsive artworks explore divination as a way of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Through collaborative and individual works, she creates relationships between the personal sphere and the landscape, particular to this time of ecological crisis. Bartol completed her B.F.A at the University of Windsor (Canada) and her M.F.A. at Wayne State University (USA). Bartol’s work has been presented nationally and internationally at Esker Foundation Project Space, PlugIn ICA, Latitude 53, Access Gallery, Walter Phillips Gallery, amongst others. In the summer of 2020, she participated in an artist residency with the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, where she will have a solo exhibition in 2021. She currently lives and works in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) where she teaches at Alberta University of the Arts. In 2019 and 2021, she was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award representing Prairies and North. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; the Alberta Foundation for the Arts; RBC Art Collection; and 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)”.