|Ladies Sasquatch, 2006-2010|
|Hungry Purse: The Vagina Dentata in Late Capitalism, 2004 ongoing.|
|A Girls Journey to the Well of Forbidden Knowledge, 2011|
|Creep Lez, 2012|
|Brain Child, 2008|
|Christmas Scares Me, 2011|
|The Fluff Stands Alone, 2003|
|Big Trubs, 2004|
|Micro Maxi-Pad Cinemas, 2010|
|Ladies Sasquatch, 2006-2010|
|Ladies Sasquatch is a large scale installation consisting of six gigantic and 25 smaller she-beast sculptures presented on a stage/platform measuring 10 feet x 10 feet. The exhibition includes a soundscape consisting of collaged music samples and nature sound effects. The six giantess sculptures represent lesbian feminist sasquatches. The elements of the installation are constructed with appliqué borg, found textiles and taxidermy supplies and influenced by photographs found in Playboy magazines from the 1970's and by the bodies of real fat activists.
Buried in the memory banks of collective popular culture is the mythical and spiritual creature called Sasquatch. Aboriginal ideas about Sasquatch (or “Wildman of the Forest” as he is called in the US and Sabe or Big Foot in Ojibwe cultural terms), have been appropriated by the white Canadian mainstream settler culture, arguably as an expression of racist fears around the “otherness” of native culture and nature in general. In traditional Western thought, the female body has been associated with nature, chaos and irrationality, and the male with order and rationality. Ladies Sasquatch is meant to work as a point of departure for thinking about decolonized, queer, politicized bodies, sexuality and communities. In an attempt to imagine different sexual currencies Ladies Sasquatch valorizes cellulite, dirty fingernails, tattoos, big butts, fangs, collectivity and collaboration. The creatures in Ladies Sasquatch marry popular culture, native iconography and radical dyke culture to create a kind of queer utopian dream world.
| Allyson featured in the Bitch Magazine Bitch List
Bitch Magazine. no 36. page 72
Review from The Globe & Mail
Milroy, Sarah. "Wild and Woolly." The Globe and Mail [Toronto]. Print.
Review from The Hamilton Spectator
Haggo, Regina. "Is That Any Way to Treat a Lady?" The Hamilton Spectator. Print.
Review from The Toronto Star
Fuhrmann, Mike. "Sasquatch Exhibition Offers Feminist Twist." The Toronto Star. Print
Review from Uptown magazine
Moore, Sandee. "2009 Is Burning." Uptown Dec. 2009: 10. Print.
Ladies Sasquatch on the cover of Atlantis
Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal. Volume 31. 2, 2007
Review from Hamilton Magazine
Lukasik-Foss, Tor. "A Minor Art Fraud." Hamilton Magazine Dec. 2008: 62-63. Print.
Poster from round-table discussion at Winnipeg Art Gallery:
Sightings at the Fringe: The Real Ladies Sasquatch
Review from Urban Indian
Isaac, Jaimie. "WAG's Ladies Sasquatch a Rare Delight." Urban Indian July-Aug. 2009. Print.
Review from Winnipeg Free Press
Abramson, Stacey. "Their Fur Is Fun; Their Message Is Mighty." Winnipeg Free Press 4 June 2009, Entertainment sec.: D3. Print.
Another review from the Winnipeg Free Press
Mayes, Alison. "Abominable? No, Man." Winnipeg Free Press. Print.