Canadian artist 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. A multidisciplinary artist with a B.F.A. from the University of Windsor and an M.F.A. from Detroit’s Wayne State University, she has been a visitor to Mohkinstsis (Calgary), Alberta for 5 years.
Bartol's work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals internationally including Berlin Feminist Film Festival, Brussels Experimental Film Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, and Istanbul Experimental Film Festival, as well as across Canada at Walter Phillips Gallery, Esker Foundation Project Space, PlugIn ICA, Art Gallery of Windsor, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Latitude 53, Access Gallery, and InterAccess. She has been an artist-in-residence with Eastern Edge Gallery, City of Calgary Public Art Program, Santa Fe Art Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, and Canadian Forces Artist Program. She currently teaches in the drawing and sculpture departments at Alberta University of the Arts.
Photo: Arturo Herrera
Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, Windsor Endowment for the Arts, and Ontario Arts Council for supporting my work. 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.