Fluid States

Holly Ward
April 23 to July 17, 2022

Fluid States is an exhibition of new work by interdisciplinary artist Holly Ward. This timely, thought-provoking project deploys a series of creative practices aimed towards developing a deeper understanding of water, and our connection to it.

This installation is centered around a large-scale drawing on fabric, created using a ‘floating ink’ technique in which drops of ink are manipulated on the surface of water. Ward collected the water used in this process from Heffley Creek/Tk’emlúps (Secwepemc territory), which is a watershed connected to the Thompson River. At the time, the waterway was being drilled under by Coastal Gas Link, who are the proprietors of the TMX pipeline. Other works in this exhibition include ceramic sculpture and video footage shot along the Heffley-Louis Creek, North Thompson, and Fraser Rivers.



Holly Ward

Holly Ward is an Interdisciplinary Artist working with sculpture, multi-media installation, architecture, video and drawing. Stemming from research of various visionary practices such as utopian philosophy, science fiction literature, Visionary Architecture, counter-cultural practices and urban planning, her work investigates the use-value of form and signification in the social context. More recently, Ward’s practice seeks to develop artistic engagements with non-human entities and systems in a future-oriented practice focused on sustainability and holistic adaptation to rapidly changing natural and cultural contexts.

Over the past decade, Ward has been developing The Pavilion (in collaboration with artist Kevin Schmidt), a land-based artist’s facility located in remote Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory.

Ward acknowledges her relationship to the land as shaped by her settler ancestry, and her presence on Indigenous territories as an uninvited guest.

Ward has exhibited in Canada, Germany, Chile, England, Mexico, the US, Norway and South Korea. Her work has been collected by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Fogo Island Arts, Scotiabank, and Simon Fraser University. Ward is Assistant Professor in Visual Arts at York University, Tkaronto/Toronto, ON where she teaches across Drawing, Sculpture and Interdisciplinary Practice at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels.





Holly Ward
Thursday, May 19, 5 pm.

Join exhibiting artist Holly Ward via Zoom for an artist talk and presentation about Fluid States. Hear more about how it came together, the challenges she encountered, and what she’s working on now.

FREE. Registration required.




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