Tethered: A Study In Entanglements exhibition by UBCO MFA Alumni Alison Trim

This exhibition was shown at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (421 Cawston Avenue (unit 103) in Kelowna, BC

Tethered is the latest development of an ongoing project that layers and stitches cut paper into floor-based installations, engaging with surface as a rich and complex interaction.  The thread of our inescapable connection to land that moves through the work is reflected in the title. Tethered is a phrase used when an animal is tied to restrict movement.

Alison Trim’s practice demands a haptic engagement with materials and a physical immersion in place. Walking and other somatic engagements with land and place are intrinsic to her work, while drawing, photography, cutting and reassembling are the studio processes through which she interacts with ideas and materials. The resulting works are the artefacts of both, as much about the process of making as they are a record of the phenomenological experience of land. This work was made across the Okanagan and Slocan Valley regions, unceded territories of the Syilx and Sinixt peoples.

Alison is a visual artist and arts educator from Co. Cork, Ireland currently based in British Columbia. In 2020 she completed her MFA in Visual Arts at UBC Okanagan with a thesis exhibition that explored expanded drawing practice as a response to place.  She has a background in contemporary arts and gallery education, with 15 years of experience working for a public contemporary arts centre in Ireland (Uillinn,West Cork Arts Centre) before moving to Canada in 2018.