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.

PUBLISHED WORKS

2013
Fountainside Feature: HB magazine No 2, Canada
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

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

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
Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche Toronto, Artist’s Bloc, The Happiness Project: In the House, Toronto
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 
Offtime, Galerie Artefacto, Montréal, Canada

2005
Grand Prix du Livre du Montreal, Montréal City Hall, Canada
Noirs, Bleus, Sables, Chateau Ramezay Museum, Montréal, Canada

PROFESSIONAL

2011
Minnesota Centre for Book Arts, contributor, MI
Signal-Return Print Media Exhibit, contributor, Detroit
The Darling Foundry, reading performance, Montréal
The Scream Poetry Festival, Main stage performer, Toronto
Literary Death Match, Montréal participant
Wolf Me, Designer and founder

2010
PALIMPSEST for Expozine. What is a zine?
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