Martha Street Studio: The In-Betweens by Alison James, November 1 - December 5

The In-Betweens by Alison James

Exhibition dates: November 1 - December 5, 2019
Opening reception: Friday November 1, 5-8pm
Artist will be in attendance

Artist talk: Saturday November 16, 2pm
ASL interpretation provided upon request

Episodic memories lay the foundation of evolving human identities. A key aspect of long-term memory, they are a collection of personal experiences that occur in a specific time and setting and contain the emotional and contextual knowledge of each event. Their vital role in personal identity drives Alison James to ask: why are some experiences encoded, consolidated, and recalled successfully while others are not? What distinct characteristics do they share? What is derived from them?

The In-Betweens addresses these questions through a series of looping, stop-motion animations of James' episodic memories. Constructed from screen printed papercut figures and sets, the animations highlight the emotions of each memory portrayed. Unnerving movements of vivid screen printed papercuts draw viewers into quiet scenes fraught with emotion. The techniques used reflect the reconstructive nature of remembering. The process of screen printing is reconstructive; involving the construction of an image, its deconstruction to create positives and the subsequent reconstruction of layers when printing. Assembling of the papercuts reaffirms this notion. Continuous looping of the animations evokes the memories' repeated recollection over time.

Alison James is a multidisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In her research-based practice, she utilizes the technical processes of printmaking and animation to investigate the reconstructive nature of autobiographical memory and personal identity. James holds a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Past exhibitions and screenings include I Had a Feeling, Atelier Presse Papier, Trois-Rivières, QC (2016), Gimli Film Festival, Gimli, MB (2015), Les Sommets du cinéma d'animation, Montreal and Québec City, QC (2014) and Animasivo, Mexico City, Mexico (2014). James has participated in residencies at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Frans Masereel Centrum, and Atelier Graff.

The artist would like to thank the School of Art at the University of Manitoba for their support.

Martha Street Studio gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council for their dedicated support of our professional programming.


Martha Street Studio is located at 11 Martha Street. A loading zone is located on the street at the front of the building. Martha Street Studio is an accessible space with a lift and two accessible washrooms located on the second floor.

ASL interpretation is available upon request for the artist talk with Alison James scheduled on November 16, 2-3pm. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on November 13 by emailing or calling 204-779-6253.

These events are free to attend and open to the public.