The Gateway and more art by Tiffany Wollman

The Gateway, 2013
24 x 16 x 16 inch (h x w x d)
Mixed Media (Spray paint and resin on discarded house paint attached to pour out of hand rusted pipe)

The Gateway in reference to The Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines was created with a number of other sculptural paintings depicting contaminated water pouring out of pipes. An inquiry into how fresh water is impacted by the oil and gas industry and Harper Government for a solo exhibition called “We’re So Thirsty” (Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art, 2014). The excess of water required to run one hydraulic fracturing well, the amount returned to the surface, the polluted water leaking out of poisonous tailing ponds or dumped back into the environment, all the water that can not return to it’s natural state no matter the treatment, wasted on non-renewable resource extraction.

More recently, in 2020 it became apparent that remediation and the health of the environment mean nothing to the Conservative Government. May 2020, the UCP quietly (without consultation) revoked Alberta’s Coal Development Policy from 1976 that prohibited strip mining for coal on the Rockies eastern slopes. They continue to avoiding comment on land and water use for the invasive and destructive coal mining they are enforcing on Niitsitapi Land, Foothills, and the Rocky Mountains.The exploration and extraction of coal will take immense amounts of fresh water, poison water, destroy the landscape, negatively effect the environmental dynamics, make coexisting and healing more difficult for people and all living things.

Remember everything is interconnected. Protect our animals, land and water. Water is life.

Métis Nation of Alberta

Tiffany Wollman is a visual artist motivated by a sense of imagination, curiosity, sensitivity to the passage of time, desire for a better world, and a responsibility to protect the land and water of it. She works from observation, personal photographs, and memory. Sometimes she will borrow from photo journalists when portraying a story of an injustice or natural disasters. When this is the focus of her work, she is taking time and making space to acknowledge, and at least partially process the world event. She needs this part of her practice, so that she can permit herself to be creative, play with materials, and to indulge in paintings that are personal, beautiful, and less urgent. Most often her own photographs lead to drawings and colourings that later may become oil paintings in the studio. Through her work she spends times with memories of loved ones, lingers in the lines of flowers, observes the sun, and poetically selects colours, layers, and details. Currently she is exploring making dyes and paints with natural colours derived from plants and flowers, along side her painting practice.

Wollman graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts with distinction (2013). Her sculptural “Pipe” painting was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art when representing Alberta at the BMO 1st! Art Student Invitational Competition (2013). Wollman’s work was included in Kim Dorland's curation of "Voted Most Likely" at Contemporary Calgary (2014). Her "Circle of Dancers" interactive and kinetic installation was displayed at Contemporary Calgary's LOOK fundraising event (2016) and The City of Calgary’s New Year's Eve Celebrations (2016). Calgary Arts Development awarded her a Small Experiments Grant (2017), Calgary Allied Arts Foundation Residency (2018), and participated in the Arts Commons Lightbox Studio (2019). She lives and works in Mohkinstsis/Calgary/Treaty 7.

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18 x 15 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
Wood Carving

Spirits Among the Mountains, 2021
16 x 10 x 7 inch (h x w x d)
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Trash Painting 2, 2020
7 x 7 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
Mixed Media (acrylic on roofing debris)

Trash Painting 1, 2020
7 x 7 x 1.9 inch (h x w x d)
Mixed Media (acrylic on roofing debris)

Last Breath, 2018
90 x 36 x 36 inch (h x w x d)
Mixed Media (piping
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cedar and red willow branches)


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