Current Residents

Anna Taylor, Halifax, NS (February 1-28)

ANNA TAYLOR is an artist, crafter and activist from in Halifax Nova Scotia who holds a BFA from NSCAD U. Using hand embroidery and natural dyes, Taylor creates playful works that redefine norms of sexual representation in the belief that craft is the ultimate sumptuous system of radical defiance. Her work has been exhibited throughout Atlantic Canada and internationally in Iceland and Norway.


Taylor’s current body of work investigates traditional needlework as a medium to bring advocacy for the decriminalization of sex work into a public forum. Her project at KIAC explores Dawson’s vibrant history as an example of our nation’s complex relationship with sex work contextualizing moments in history when sex work functioned with legal and social acceptance. This project uses the traditional medium of needlework to break down stigma and bridge gaps in understanding present in the wider public. Sharing this dialog in such a labour-intensive and tactile way communicates the urgency of these issues, quietly and softly calling in the widest audience.


Mary Anne Barkhouse (Haliburton, Ontario) February 1-16

SOVA is pleased to welcome artist Mary Anne Barkhouse to Dawson. She will be the third lecturer in the Indexes of the Land II series, on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00pm at Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, 1131 Front Street, Dawson, across from the Dawson Visitor Reception Centre. Everyone is welcome.

Mary Anne Barkhouse will also host a workshop on Saturday, February 11 at 1:00pm in the SOVA Main Floor studio, 994 Third Avenue, Dawson. Participants are asked to bring dog-related objects or images that will be incorporated into an installation. This workshop is FREE and open to everyone. For more information and workshop registration please call 867.993.6390

Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver, BC and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. She is a descendant of a long line of internationally recognized Northwest Coast artists that includes Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin and Charlie James. Barkhouse graduated with Honours from the OCAD University in Toronto and has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States. Her work examines environmental concerns and indigenous culture through the use of animal imagery – wolves, ravens, moose and beaver are juxtaposed against a diversity of background situations.

Barkhouse is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and her art can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), UBC Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver), Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph), and Banff Centre for the Arts. In addition, she has public installations at Carleton University (Ottawa), Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Thunder Bay), McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinberg) and the Millennium Walkway in Peterborough, Ontario.

Barkhouse currently resides in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario.

This public lecture-workshop series examines the importance of the land to Aboriginal artists with regard to a variety of concepts and practices.

The Indexes of the Land II: Aboriginal Artists Lecture-Workshop 2016-17 series is focused on the land because historic and contemporary Aboriginal art practices have consistently been rooted in products of the land, social geography, land use, terrestrial species, treaty rights and ultimately nationhood. This 2016-17 series extends from the 2015-16 Indexes series that opened up a dialogue on how the volume of ideas around the land (and not excluding the water) can be shared to promote concepts of cultural difference in Canada.


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