Autumn Sjølie is an emerging artist that grew up on Treaty 4 Territory. She initially pursued a career in music, receiving an award for Best Backup Band from the Saskatchewan Country Music Association with her colleagues. In 2014, she put her music on hiatus to attend the University of Lethbridge, receiving a BFA in New Media and the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medal Award.
She has showcased artworks with the Integra Electroacoustics Ensemble (2016), Crossing Boundaries Symposium (2017), IAST and Crossing Boundaries Collaborative Symposium (2018), LAMPS Film Festival (2016, 2017), Silverskate Festival (2020), and Lowlands Project Space (2021). Sjølie has also curated Student Pixel Exhibition (2018) and LAMPS18 Film Festival (2018), as well as assisted in Open Studio Student Exhibition (2019) and SkirtsAfire: Systemic Contractions // COVID Collections (2021). Sjølie works as a researcher, graphic designer, and video editor, notably completing work for Lethbridge College, IAST and Crossing Boundaries, University of Lethbridge, and Nextgen.
Now residing in Amiskwaciwâskahikan, colonially known as Edmonton AB, she is currently completing a research grant that she received from the Edmonton Arts Council and City of Edmonton to research how illness, neurodiversity, and disability affects artists/artmaking.
Together with Stephanie Florence, they have created "COVID COLLECTIONS", a collaborative project funded by the Edmonton Arts Council which interweaves collections of experiences, interviews, art, and poetry into a book from an inclusive array of Edmontonians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Covid Collections is dedicated to the lives of those we’ve lost during this time of upheaval.
There is a discussion panel event for COVID COLLECTIONS at the 2021 Edmonton Litfest on Saturday, October 23. Click here for more information.
Covid Collections: The Short Film has been selected to screen at the 35th Edmonton International Film Festival, taking place October 1-10.