VIU’s View Gallery presents bailey macabre exhibit in collaboration with the Nanaimo Arts Council

A cyanotype print with a hand, small shells and a seashell.

êsisis (small shell; small seashell) by Nanaimo-based artist bailey macabre. Vancouver Island University photo

January 23, 2024 - 1:00pm

The exhibit is on display at VIU’s View Gallery until February 16.

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) View Gallery is honoured to host ᐹᑭᒋᐦᒉᐤ" pâkicihew (she has swollen hands), an installation by Nanaimo-based artist bailey macabre, organized by the Nanaimo Arts Council and curated by Amber R. Morrison.

A closing reception and artist talk is on February 15 from 5 to 7 pm at the gallery. The exhibit runs until February 16.

This suite of powerful cyanotype imagery printed on jacquard cotton is a meditation on healing, grief, family and the enduring ties that bind generations together. The cyanotype process, which captures the ghostly forms of objects through the play of light and shadow, mirrors the way our memories are formed, imprinted with the indelible impressions of our ancestors.

Through bailey’s art, we are invited to connect with the legacy of colonialism and residential schools, to remember our own family narratives, and to find solace, joy and celebration in the transformative power of creativity.

bailey macabre is an agender nêhiyaw/michif/Ukrainian self-taught interdisciplinary artist and writer residing on the homelands of the Snuneymuxw on so-called Vancouver Island, with matrilineal ties to Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation. Their practice includes a variety of mediums from comics and digital art to painting, sculpture, beadwork and zines.

Amber R. Morrison (she/her) is an artist and educator based in Nanaimo, BC (Snuneymuxw Territory). Her research interests include video games as a fine art medium, poetics and literary theory, regional art and disability studies. She creates watercolour paintings and various digital projects, including publications and video essays. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and Creative Writing from VIU and an MFA in Art from the University of Lethbridge. Morrison established Sad Girl Review, an ongoing art and literary magazine.

The View Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm during exhibits. It is in Building 330, 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC. Entrance 5D.

The View Gallery is VIU’s contemporary art gallery on VIU’s Nanaimo campus, which is built on the traditional unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw people.

The gallery presents a spectrum of visual art and design, made by professional artists, students and community members. A non-commercial site, the gallery presents a mixture of programming and art events that range from curated solo and group exhibitions, touring exhibitions and annual showcases of student art. The View Gallery is run and staffed by faculty members and students in the Art and Design department, within the faculty of Arts and Humanities.

For more information, please contact Chai Duncan, VIU Visual Art Instructor and View Gallery Curator, at


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