YYC Arts Collective 2020

Alisha Marie Adams is a multidisciplinary artist, with a strong visual arts and therapeutic arts background. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Since her graduation in 2018, Alisha has been an artistic ceramics instructor at the Indefinite Arts Centre. Here, Alisha has had the opportunity to facilitate a variety of workshops and projects including a public art project in partnership with the City of Calgary. 

She received her Level 1 certification in Expressive Arts Therapy in 2013 from the Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy. She has been an apprentice at Trespasser Ceramics since 2014. 

Raised in rural Nova Scotia, Alisha currently resides in Calgary, Alberta. Alisha’s work is extremely intricate and always rewards a closer look. These details help tie together ideas and evoke deeper thought and contemplation. The tedious nature of her work helps Alisha deal with internal anxieties while also helping to ground the artist in her practice. Themes present in Alisha’s work are strongly tied to narrative, nature, and traditional Mi’kmaq stories and teachings. She often uses artwork as a way to work through past trauma, and to express her own experiences as an artist with psychiatric disabilities.