Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Her site-responsive works 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. She is a member of Fathom Sounds, a collective of artists that have come together to think long-term about the health of water and the role artists play in responding to urgent ecological, political, and social issues that collect around water.
Bartol's work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals nationally and internationally including Berlin Feminist Film Festival, SIMULTAN festival (Romania), Museo de la Ciudad de Guadalajara (Mexico), Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), PlugIn ICA (Winnipeg), and Access Gallery (Vancouver), amongst others. In 2019 and 2021, she was long-listed for Canada's prestigious Sobey Art Award. Bartol has been an artist-in-residence with Eastern Edge Gallery, Santa Fe Art Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, and the Canadian Forces Artist Program (Latvia). Her artwork is in the collections of Art Gallery of Alberta, the City of Calgary Public Art Program, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, RBC Art Collection, and private collections.
Of Scottish, German, English, French, Irish, and Danish ancestry, Bartol is a white settler Canadian currently living in Mohkínstsis (Calgary), Alberta where she is a sessional instructor at Alberta University of the Arts.
I would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, Windsor Endowment for the Arts, and Ontario Arts Council. Many thanks to my collaborators for their time, knowledge, and insight, as well as the artists, curators, technicians, administrators, writers, community members, and others that have made creating, sharing, and presenting my work possible.