About the Artist
Allison Tunis is an intermedia artist based in Amiskwaciy-waskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and a graduate diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. Working mainly in hand embroidery, Allison is interested in combining fine craft and contemporary art techniques to create works that address her interests in cultural conditioning and the societal implications of restrictive standards of beauty, as well as the discrimination and violence experienced by people living in marginalized bodies, with a particular focus on the experience of fat and queer people. Allison recently was selected to receive the 2018 Early Achievement Award from the Alberta Craft Council, and the 2018 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award from the Edmonton Arts Council, as well as completing a year as Harcourt House Artist-Run Centre’s Artist-in-Residence in October of 2019 with an exhibition entitled An Anthology of Sticks & Stones, that featured a suite of mixed media and embroidered paintings, along with an interactive installation focusing on how our society uses language towards fat people and the impacts that may have on them.