Carollyne Yardley


The Supper Club
(Rande Cook, Carollyne Yardley, and Noah Becker)


Carollyne Yardley is an inter-disciplinary artist, speculative designer, and squirrel lover. Her practice is driven by research into the changing relationships between humans and non-humans in our urban environments, and imagining possible futures through hybrid-human development.

Humans living in urban spaces interact daily with non-humans and we need to reimagine how to share space with different species as cities spread out into the natural landscape and technology reshapes our existence. Yardley hopes to help change the dominant idea that it’s our space, and activate human empathy in order to consider the non-humans in the equation.

Yardley’s body of work translates the visual, sonic, gestural, and social data she’s collected by observing urban animals, into a dialogue between our species. After she rescued a dying squirrel in her yard, Yardley was compelled to create portraits of hybrid-humans in an effort to break down the barrier between humans and non-humans – and thus, Squirrealism was born.

Squirrealism is a self-coined term used to propose a “sympoiesis”, in which our lives and the lives of other species biologically, culturally and politically intersect. Yardley invented her imaginary hybrid-humans to represent a non-hierarchical, non-binary consideration of being, a recognition of “we” in the evolution of universal consciousness, and our shared interconnected subconscious with all living matter. The objective of her work is not concerned with assimilation of animals as humans, but with a levelling of hierarchy.

Yardley’s latest research into the biology of the Eastern Grey Squirrel has led her to discover they have excellent dichromatic colour vision that is mediated by green and blue cones. What a Squirrel Sees (2018) simulates the colour vision of the Grey Squirrel to examine the subjective reality of our own senses and to better imagine their worldview. My Hair Squirrel Mask (2012-2018), explores what it would be like to be a squirrel in a tactile sense by using Yardley’s own hair to create a furry outer layer. Her series mtSQRL speculates the convergence of human and squirrel DNA. In Squirrel Co-Lab (2018), Yardley learned how frequently squirrels mark their territory. Sharing urban space with non-humans has become a contentious issue for many humans. Yardley believes we can come to know someone else through experience, which can promote new forms of cohabitation.
Squirrels became a vehicle for collaboration when First Nations artist, Chief Rande Cook (Kwakwaka’wakw) invited Yardley to paint his portrait. Chief Rande Cook Squirrel (2014) shows Cook as a hybrid human-squirrel wearing his traditional regalia and carved thunderbird mask inspired by the indigenous story of Squirrel and Thunderbird. A creative fusion of their works then developed during which Cook’s indigenous knowledge supported Yardley’s ideas about kinship networks and interspecies relationships.
Carollyne Yardley has garnered all levels of press in Canada, featured in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CTV News, CBC Radio, online weblogs, and the covers of several books and magazines. She was also successful in maintaining her registered trademark Carollyne® after being subjected to an expungement proceeding by a large U.S. toy manufacturer.

Current MFA Candidate, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
1992-1997 B.A. Psychology and Art History (Double Major), University of Victoria, Canada
1991 Visual Arts Degree Program, University of Victoria, Canada

Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC

2017 Shapeshifting, Fazakas Gallery, Victoria BC
2014 Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria BC
2013 Romancing the Squirrel, Apartment Gallery, Victoria BC

2019 Unstoppable, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2019 Shape/Colour/Form, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC.
2018 Sole Train to Night Market, Fluevog Shoes, Victoria BC
2017 In the Mood for Love, Poly Culture Art Centre, Vancouver BC
2017 FIVE, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2017 SHEILA: Women, Art, and Production, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 All Together is the Best Example, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 Divergent Convergence, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 Imaginary Friends, Open Space Arts Society, Victoria BC
2015 SHE: Diversity in Feminism, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2015 Winter, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2015 Co-Mix Art, Martin Bachelor Gallery, Victoria BC
2015 Pride in Art: The Queer Truth & Nothing But, Fifty-Fifty Arts Collective, Victoria BC
2014 TD Paint In, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
2013 Difference and Repetition, Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC
2013 #Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards, Massey Gallery, Victoria BC
2013 Curiouser: Contemporary Responses to Alice in Wonderland, Fifty-Fifty Arts Collective, Victoria BC
2013 Artist in Residence: House Tour, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
2013 Colours of Summer, Madrona Gallery, Victoria BC
2013 TD Paint In, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
2012 Pride Art Exhibition, Madrona Gallery, Victoria BC
2012 Artists with Lu Jun Wind Lotus, Apartment Gallery, Victoria BC
2012 Artist in Residence: House Tour, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
2012 Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, Sidney BC
2012 Sooke Fine Art Show, Sooke, Sooke BC
2012 Art Rainbow, INDEXG, Toronto ON
2012 Boudoir, Victoria Emerging Art Gallery, Victoria BC
2011 Never Dine Alone, The Sculpture Studio, Victoria BC

2018 Art Toronto, via Fazakas Gallery, Toronto ON
2018 Seattle Art Fair, via Fazakas Gallery, Seattle WA
2018 Papier Montréal, via Fazakas Gallery, Montréal QC 2017 Art Toronto, via Fazakas Gallery, Toronto ON
2016 Art Toronto, via Fazakas Gallery, Toronto ON

2013 Favourite Emerging Visual Artist 2013, Monday Magazine “M” Awards, Victoria BC
2012 Best 2 Dimensional, Sooke Fine Art Show, Sooke BC

2017 Walsh, Andrea, Ph.D. “KəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n Mask,” exhibition text
2016 Shrumm, Regan. “Connecting a Collection,” pp. 20-21, The Art of A. Banana, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria & Open Space
2014 Yardley, Carollyne. “Trademark Carollyne,” Youtube
2013 Yardley, Carollyne. “Squirrealism,” ISBN 978-0-9919419-0-2
2013 Coach House Books. Image Cover, Fall 2013 Catalogue
2013 Wilson, Keiran. Imitations of Eternity, Image Cover, St. Gengulphus’ Publishing
2013 Focus Magazine. Image Cover, Vol. 25, No. 5 (Feb)
2012 Focus Magazine. Image Cover, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Dec)
2012 Monday Magazine. Image Cover 3829 (July)
2012 Willey, Philip. “Days in the Life,” Illus. by Carollyne Yardley, pg. 13, Ahndai Books
2012 Koubaa, Bart. “De Brooklyn Club”, Image Cover, Querido Publishing

2018 Herman, Pee-wee. “For Squirrel Appreciation Day, check out Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel art!”
2018 Walsh, Meeka. “Papier 18 | Editor’s Picks Day 2,” Border Crossings
2016 White, Laurie. “Seriously Silly, Horse Heads and Flower Beards in the Work of Carollyne Yardley,” Analogue Magazine
2016 Wright, Andy. “From Portrait Painters to College Applicants, Squirrel Obsessives Through the Ages,” Atlas Obscura
2016 Balzer, David. “7 Best Bets for Art Toronto,” Canadian Art Magazine
2016 Landau, Emily. “10 most exciting artists to check out at Art Toronto,” Toronto Life
2016 Blazenhoff, Rusty. “Rusty’s Electric Dreams,” Inbox Zine
2015 Lundy, Susan. “Secrets and Lives: Carollyne Yardley, Artist,” Boulevard Magazine
2015 Thomson, John. “Canadian Artist Goes Squirrely,” DZine Trip Design Magazine
2015 Becker, Noah. “Guerrilla Girls Inspired Exhibition Opens in Vancouver,” Whitehot Magazine
2015 Blazenhoff, Rusty. “Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask by Carollyne Yardley,” Blazenfluff
2015 Dobby, Emily. “Carollyne Yardley: Contemporary Pop Squirrealism,” At Home Magazine
2014 Amos, Robert. “First Nations Art, meet squirrels,” Time Colonist
2014 Madden, Aaren. “Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery,” Focus Magazine
2014 Cino, Kate. “Ravenous with Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley,” Art Openings
2014 Willey, Philip. “Ravenous: Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook,” Exhibit-V
2014 McCulloch, Sandra. “Artist goes after U.S. giant Mattel over trademark,” Times Colonist
2014 Simcoe, Luke. “B.C. artist battles Mattel’s American Girl over trademark,” Metro News
2014 Hopper, Tristan. “Toymaker Mattel fighting Canadian ‘Squirrealism’ painter Carollyne Yardley over trademark to her own name,” National Post
2014 Editorial. “Canadian Art Fights Mattel’s American Girl Over Trademark,” Huffington Post
2013 Willey, Philip. “Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand and Paul Dowd at AGGV,” Exhibit-V
2013 Schlauch, Matthew. “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards,” Snapd Magazine
2013 Sawatsky, Adam. “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards,” CTV News
2013 Wahl, David. “Our recent post about Carollyne’s Saint Squirrel and Pope Pinenuts,” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME!
2013 Smart, Amy. “Creative process shines, digitally and otherwise,” Times Colonist 2013 Beneteau, Nicole. “Artists Take a Crack at Carroll Classic,” Nexus Newspaper
2013 Lindsay, Teresa. “Revealing an Incredible Journey through Pop Surrealism,”
2013 Madden, Aaren. “The Unbearable Lightness of Squirrels,” Focus Magazine
2013 Threlfall, John. “Culture Goes Pop,” Yam Magazine
2013 Jones, Kate. “Romancing the Squirrel in Studio,” Pennello Lane, Creative Canadian Women
2012 Green, MaryEllen. “Artist Is Nuts for Squirrels,” Monday Magazine
2012 Wahl, David. “As Many of You Probably Know by Now, We Have A Soft Spot for Squirrels,” Archie McPhee
2012 Wahl, David. “Hey Look, It’s a Gingerbread Squirrel!” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME!
2012 Patience, Kaitlyn. “Artist Spotlight on Carollyne Yardley,” Pamplemousse!
2011 Amos, Robert. “Treasures of Oak Bay Galleries,” Times Colonist
2011 DHaem, Jim. “Geisha Girl Squirrel (and QR Code),” QR Code Artist
2010 Quiroz, Efren. “Carollyne Yardley: Artist of the Month,” Exhibit-V

2016 Johnson, Andrew. “Victoria artist wins trademark name fight,” CTV News
2015 de Blois, Maude. “Paroles d’artists,” CILS.FM 107.9
2014 Quiroz, Efren. “Ravenous: Opening Reception,” Exhibit-V
2014 Quiroz, Efren. “Interview with Carollyne Yardley & Rande Cook,” Exhibit-V
2014 Stanton, Kylie. “Vancouver Island artist takes on U.S. toymaker over name,” Global News
2014 Grieves, Chandler. “Victoria artist takes on toy giant,” CTV Vancouver Island
2014 Fisher, Gavin. “B.C artist facing down Mattel in expensive copyright fight,” Globe and Mail
2014 Lus, Steven. “It’s Caroline vs. Carollyne at the CIPO,” CBC News
2014 Rankin, Eric. “Mattel’s American Girl name fight,” CBC News
2014 Off, Carol. “Canadian artist takes on giant toymaker Mattel,” CBC Radio
2014 Elgersma, Karen. “Victoria Whisky Festival, Society Squirrel Painting,” Shaw TV
2013 Sawatsky, Adam. “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards,” CTV News
2013 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Romancing the Squirrel,” Exhibit-V
2013 Kahan, Dan. “The Kahan Show: Carollyne Yardley as the Therap-artist,” Shaw TV
2013 Quiroz, Efren. “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards,” Exhibit-V
2013 Sawatsky, Adam. “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards,” CTV News
2013 Sawatsky, Adam. “Romancing the Squirrel,” CTV News
2013 Sawatsky, Adam. “Eye on the Arts – Romancing the Squirrel,” CFAX1070
2012 Bramble, Eric. “Interview with Carollyne Yardley,” 29er Radio Podcast
2012 Sawatsky, Adam. “TD Moss Street Paint In,” CTV News
2012 Sawatsky, Adam. “Eye on the Arts – TD Paint In,” CFAX1070
2011 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Secret Squirrels Show,” Exhibit-V
2011 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Friends & Funny Folks,” Exhibit-V
2011 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Never Dine Alone,” Exhibit-V
2010 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Big Eyed Ladies Show,” Exhibit-V
2010 Elgersma, Karen. “Art interview with Carollyne Yardley,” Shaw TV

2016 Guest Speaker. Sidney Fine Art Show Opening Night, Mary Winspear Centre
2015 Guest Speaker. Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, Victoria College of Art
2013 Guest Presenter. Studio 30, Les Passmore Centre
2013 Guest Presenter. Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society, Mary Winspear Centre
2012 Guest Speaker. “Art and Community,” PechaKucha, Volume 11, DIY Edition, Victoria Event Centre
2012 ArtistinResidence,MasseyGallery,ArtGalleryofGreaterVictoria,IntegrateArtsWalk

2014 Community Council of Greater Victoria, 15th Annual LOOK Show
2012 Victoria Emerging Art Awards, Emerging Art Gallery

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