Current Exhibition

Jackie Olson. The Land Speaks to Me.

JACKIE OLSON | The Land Speaks to Me
ODD Gallery – Dënäkär Zho | KIAC.
Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in territory, Dawson City, Yukon.
Opening Reception: Thursday June 20, 5:30pm.

ODD Gallery Hours:

  • Friday June 21 from 2-5pm for Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • Sat June 22 from 12-4pm
  • Regular Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm and Sat, 12-4pm.

The Land speaks to me is a solo exhibition by Jackie Olson. This exhibit offers a rare glimpse at her collected works-in-process: Olson makes works that want to be returned to the land, and many of her works have already been curated back. Olson harvests willow and other natural material from the land, breaks the material down to its fibres, and turns it into a paper pulp which she uses to cast and recast paper forms. Countering the organic, bits of industrial refuse recovered by Olson show up in her paper works as imprints, reliefs, and stains, representing the power of the land to adapt, recover, and reclaim.

Jackie Olson was born and raised in Dawson City and is a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen. Olson received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art in 1992, and has been creating and learning new art forms since. Olson’s work has been featured in exhibitions across Canada including the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB), Harcourt House (Edmonton, AB), and a forthcoming solo exhibition at the ODD Gallery (Dawson City, YT). Her work lives in many private and public collections, including the Bavaria State Anthropology Museum (Germany), Indigenous Art Centre (Canada), and the Yukon Permanent Art Collection (Canada). Olson holds a faculty position at the Yukon School of Visual Arts, and in 2022 she was awarded the Yukon Hall of Innovator’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her transformative reimagining of age-old Yukon practices as an inspired new way of creating art.

We gratefully acknowledge support of the Canada Council for the Arts.