Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. In her art practice, she explores visibility, transformation, and survival by negotiating the boundaries of our relationships with the non-human world and each other. Through performative, research-based, and community embedded practices, her site-responsive works propose dreaming, walking, and divination as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Her participatory works invite others to engage in acts of trust, inquiry, care, and improvisation, while making visible unseen forces that shape our world.
Her work has been presented and screened nationally and internationally at various galleries including PlugIn ICA (Winnipeg), ARC Gallery (Chicago), Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa), Simultan Festival (Romania), Museo de la Ciudad (Mexico), Access Gallery (Vancouver), InterAccess (Toronto), Art Gallery of Windsor, and Groupe Intervention Vidéo, (Montréal), amongst others. Recent residencies include The Banff Centre and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She currently lives in Calgary and teaches at Alberta College of Art+Design.
Words and Websites
What Happened When One Artist Tried to Walk Calgary’s 174-km City Limits, Leah Sandals, Canadian Art online, November 2016
Loving Conversations, Caitlin Chaisson, Neighbourhood Time Exchange Blog, 16 Nov. 2016
Exhibition Essay for Far Away So Close: Part III, Kimberly Phillips, Vancouver: Access Gallery, Oct 2015
Review - Water Witching with Alana Bartol, Keagan Perlette, SAD Mag, Nov 4, 2015
Abstract Ecologies – A Conversation with Amber Christensen Greg J. Smith, Creative Applications Network, 22 Sept. 2015