Allison Rowe is a Toronto based artist and educator who works in sculpture, performance and social practices. Rowe’s work has most recently been in exhibited at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince and in public spaces across North America. She completed her MFA in Social Practice at California College of the Arts in 2011 and her Honours BFA in Photography from Ryerson University in 2006. Currently, Rowe is touring her performance piece, The Tar Sands Exploration Station across North America. She is attending ACRE residency this summer and this fall/winter Make Space will talk to Allison about her residency experience.
“My artwork is informed by a mash-up of ideas and actions, from protest to care giving, Feminism to Montessori. I create performances, sculptures and installations that question the ineffectiveness and desperation of contemporary power structures. My participatory pieces quietly take over space, occupy ideologies and invite friendships. I use conversation, play, and domestic comforts to craft objects and experiences that lure people into engaging with uncomfortable issues. By personalizing social issues my work reactivates political discourse and combats complacency.”