Allyson Mitchell

Allyson Mitchell is a maximalist artist working in sculpture, performance, installation and film. Her practice melds feminism and pop culture to investigate contemporary ideas about sexuality, autobiography and the body, largely through the use of reclaimed textile and abandoned craft. These articulations have resulted in a coven of lesbian feminist Sasquatch monsters, a room-sized Vagina Dentata, an army of super genius Holly Hobbies and a woodland utopic library complete with a wishing well of forbidden political knowledge.

Her works have exhibited in galleries and festivals across Canada, the US and Europe, including Tate Modern, the Textile Museum of Canada, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, Walker Art Center, The British Film Institute, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

A survey of Mitchell’s “hand made” animated film and video work recently toured festivals and performance spaces internationally with exhibitions in Dublin, London and Bologna. Until their retirement in 2004, Mitchell also performed actively with the fat performance troupe ‘Pretty Porky and Pissed Off’, which she co-founded in 1997.

‘Deep Lez’, Mitchell’s ongoing aesthetic/political project advocating a strategic return to the herstories of radical and lesbian feminisms, has been the subject of dialogue within queer and trans communities in recent years. This ethic has caused a stir with activists and artists alike in a range of venues from living room potlucks and academic conferences to public galleries and museums.

Mitchell recently attended the Canada Council for the Arts International Studio (ISCP) in New York City. She is based in Toronto, where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Women’s Studies at York University. She is represented by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects and she runs FAG Feminist Art Gallery with Deirdre Logue.

Artist Code: 1054


Killjoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

2014, 13:14 minutes, colour, English

FAG Feminist Art Gallery Video

2014, 04:48 minutes, colour, English

Unca Trans

2007, 05:50 minutes, colour, English

Melty Kitty

2006, 03:00 minutes, B&W, English

Free! Bake! Sale!

2004, 04:20 minutes, colour, English

If Anyone Should Happen To Get In My Way

2003, 03:00 minutes, colour, English


2003, 01:00 minutes, colour, English

Sticker Lover

2003, 00:30 minutes, colour, English

Precious Little Tiny Love

2003, 03:00 minutes, colour, English

My Life In 5 Minutes

2000, 06:23 minutes, colour, English

Cup Cake

1998, 03:00 minutes, colour, English

Chow Down

1997, 03:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Super Queeroes
by Peter Knegt et al.
I'm Not Myself At All
by Sarah E.K Smith.
Queer Women's Performance Symposium
by Laine Newman. Canadian Theatre Review, Winter 2012, v. 149.
"arrives asking, demanding something of us"
by Janice Hladki. Fierce: Women's Hot Blooded Film/Video, Mar. 2010. Hamilton: McMaster Museum of Art, 2010.
Shame on Her: Allyson Mitchell
by Julia Bryan-Wilson. Fierce: Women's Hot Blooded Film/Video, Mar. 10, 2010. Hamilton: McMaster Museum of Art, 2010.
Ardent Spaces, Formidable Environments
by Patricia R. Zimmerman. Fierce: Women's Hot Blooded Film/Video, Mar. 2010. Hamilton: McMaster Museum of Art, 2010.
Queer View
by Jon Davies. Xtra!, Mar. 27, 2008, no. 611.
"Nothing Big. Nothing Small": Allyson Mitchell's Video Autobiography
by Janice Hladki. Ariel, Jan. Spring 2008, v. 39, no. 1-2.
Beyond/In Western New York 2007
by Clare Schneider and Holly E. Hughes.
From Nature to Psychobabble: Beyond/ In Western New York bridges...
by Cynnie Gaasch and Eric Jackson-Forseberg. Art Voice (AV), May 16, 2005.
Videos Ante up the Fear Factor: This year's video-art feast marks...
by Catherine Osborne. The National Post, Apr. 10, 2004.
Flowing in groups of four: show at Ed Video: This year's video-art...
All Queer All Canadian All Night Long, 2001 Tour, 2001. Regina: Queer City Cinema, 2001.
Best of '97: Local Movie Moguls
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Dec. 25, 1997, v. 17, no. 17.
T.O. movie scene boasts inspiring individual effort: Local Movie...
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Dec. 25, 1997, v. 17, no. 17.