Alisha Piercy
Alisha Piercy is a Montréal-based author, artist and paintings conservator. Her practice ranges from bookworks to the writing of novellas, to in-situ performative drawing and raft installations. Her projects explore questions of alienation, psychological geographies, the fantasy of “being elsewhere,” and the tension between exile and freedom as it plays out in a diversity of islanded experiences. Her multi-disciplinary project You have hair like flags~(2010), a survivalist story, was inspired by the slogan Barcelona or Death! from a Senegalese pop song about the masses of young African men who attempt to float towards mainland Europe. The project included a novella, a thirty-day-long wall drawing performance in Montréal, and an installation of burning rafts set off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland.

Piercy is a co-founder of Your Lips to Mine Press with Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: a small, independent press. Her first book, two novellas AURICLE / ICEBREAKER (2010), were published as part of the reversible series by Conundrum Press. Her second work of fiction, You have hair like flags~ (Your Lips to Mine Press, 2010) won the bpNichol Chapbook Award for 2010. In 2011, Piercy published with The Coming Envelope (BookThug), participated in The Montréal Literary Death Match, and performed on the mainstage at The Scream Literary Festival.

Piercy is represented by Galerie Youn, Montréal, Canada. <--!>


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SOLO EXHIBITION

2014 Soft Apocalypse, AXENEO7, Artist Run Center, Gatineau, Canada
2013 Fountainside, Diagonale, Artist Run Center, Montréal, Canada
2010 You have hair like flags~, FOFA gallery, Montréal, Canada, Chapbook: Minnesota Centre for Book Arts; Signal-Return, Detroit.
Herald, Draward Gallery, Montréal, Canada
Antechamber, Webster Library, Montréal, Canada
2008 Antechamber, Union Gallery, Kingston, Canada
2006 Antechamber, McGill Rare Books Library, Montreal, Canada
2003 She Fell, Elle Corazon Gallery, Montréal, Canada

DUO EXHIBITION

2010 Rafts Alight/Sæbraut-Hliðarsjón-Eldur, (with Oskar Ericsson), Reykjavik Culture Night, Iceland
2009 Picnic, (with Heidi Sopinka), Mexico City, Mexico

GROUP EXHIBITION

2011 Melancholia and Solitary States, The Steam Whistle Distillery Loft, Toronto
2011 Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche Toronto, Artist’s Bloc, The Happiness Project: In the House, Toronto
2011 Vente de garage 4: Stéphane Gilot, Musée d’art contemporain /ArtTV, Montréal
2010 La cité performatif, Galerie Optica, Montréal
2009 Strata, Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal, Canada
2009 Offtime, Galerie Artefacto, Montréal, Canada
2005 Grand Prix du Livre du Montreal, Montréal City Hall, Canada
Noirs, Bleus, Sables, Chateau Ramezay Museum, Montréal, Canada

PUBLISHED WORKS

2013 Fountainside Feature: HB magazine No 2, Canada
2013 Fountainside Cover feature: Poetry Review Volume 103, No 2, UK
2011 Picnic Short story The Coming Envelope, BookThug Press, Toronto
2010 Auricle Novella Conundrum Press, Canada
Icebreaker Novella Conundrum Press, Canada
You have hair like flags, Chapbook Your Lips to Mine Press, Canada/Germany
2004 The Master Confectioner Chapbook Bookmobile, Canada

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2011 Canada Arts Connect Magazine, article by Nathaniel G. Moore (forthcoming)
2010 Broken Pencil, Toronto, feature review by Nathaniel G. Moore
The Reykjavik Grapevine, Reykjavik, Iceland, review by Emily Burton
The Toronto Quarterly, Toronto, interview by Daryl Salach
Montreal Review of Books, review by Louise Fabiani
Rover Arts Montreal Books, review by Neil MacRae
Open Book Toronto, review by Nathaniel G. Moore
Telegraph-Journal, New Brunswick, review
Fréttablaðið Newspaper, Reykjavik, Iceland, review
The Coast, Canada, review by Sean Flinn

PROFESSIONAL

2011 Minnesota Centre for Book Arts, contributor, MI
2011 Signal-Return Print Media Exhibit, contributor, Detroit
2011 The Darling Foundry, reading performance, Montréal
2011 The Scream Poetry Festival, Main stage performer, Toronto
2011 Literary Death Match, Montréal participant
2011 Wolf Me, Designer and founder www.wolfme.net
2010 PALIMPSEST for Expozine. What is a zine?
2010 Your Lips to Mine Press, Co-Publisher with Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Montréal and Berlin
2000-2009 Montreal Neurological Institute, Art Deco Lobby, Anne Lapointe Conservation, Conservator
Gilding Conservation Workshop, National Fine Arts Museum, Havana, Cuba, Conservator
La Tranchefile Atelier, Montreal, Bookbinder and Conservator
A E Henry Enr. Conservation Lab, Montreal, Paintings Conservator
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang, Malaysia, Project Coordinator and Principal Conservator
Mine Mill mural by Henry Orenstein (1955) Local 598 Mine and Smelter Union Mural, Sudbury, Ontario, Assistant Conservator
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, Intern
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Intern
Redpath Museum of Natural History, Ethnographic Department, Montreal, Intern

AWARDS

2012/13      Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in exchange with the Communauté française de Belgique      Maison internationale des littératures à Bruxelles - Writer's Residency
2012      Canada Council For the Arts      Research and Creation Grant: Emerging Fiction
2010      Canada Council for the Arts      Travel Grant: Iceland
     Poetry Association of Canada      bpNichol Chapbook Poetry Award
2009      J. W. McConnell Foundation      Academic fellowship
2008      Stanley Mills Memorial Foundation      Fellowship for Excellence in Visual Arts

EDUCATION

2010      Concordia University, Canada      Master of Fine Arts - Print Media
2004-06      Le Tranchfile Atelier, Montreal      Book Arts Mentorship
1998      Queen’s University, Canada      Master of Art Conservation - Paintings
1995      McGill University, Canada      Bachelor of English Literature