Alana Bartol is an interdisciplinary artist that comes from a long line of water witches. Investigating alternate epistemologies within and beyond the human body, her site-responsive works propose dreaming, walking, and divination as ways of understanding across place, species and bodies. Through performance, video, drawing, and socially-engaged art, her work aims to make visible the unseen forces and histories in our everyday environments.
Bartol's work has been presented and screened nationally and internationally at various public venues including PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), ARC Gallery (Chicago), Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa), Simultan Festival (Romania), Museo de la Ciudad (Guadalajara, Mexico), Access Gallery (Vancouver), InterAccess (Toronto), Media City International Film Festival (Windsor, ON), and Groupe Intervention Vidéo, (Montréal), amongst others.
Bartol is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, The City of Windsor, and the Ontario Arts Council. 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