This catalogue, the first to focus on Amalie Atkins' work, features more than fifty colour illustrations of her films, photographs, and installations as well as insightful essays by the award-winning poet Sylvia Legris, Timothy Long (MacKenzie Art Gallery), and Grace Kehler (McMaster University). A special feature of the book is a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the artist’s studio-garage where Atkins’ visions come to life. Together they create a conversation around gift-giving, craft, DIY aesthetics, and the wish for places of belonging in a mobile world.
Set against the luminous landscapes of southern and central Saskatchewan, Atkins’ multi-layered narratives present bittersweet sagas of grief, joy, and transformation that linger in the memory like half-remembered fairy tales. Characters in the guise of wolves, bears, crows or other creatures populate her imaginative worlds and engage with human protagonists - two-headed sisters, braid harvesters, a troupe of roller-skating Valkyries - enacting scenarios that are both everyday and otherworldly.
The catalogue is published by the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Kenderdine Art Gallery | College Art Galleries, and Open Space (Victoria).