CAROLLYNE YARDLEY is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher based on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples known today as the Lekwungen and Xwsepsum Nations (lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples). She holds an MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and a BA in Art History from the University of Victoria. Her research-creation practice is informed by a years-long relationship with native and introduced urban animals whose territory includes her home.

Photo credit: Suzanne Wilkinson.

She has presented her work in venues including Fazakas Gallery (Vancouver), Madrona Gallery (Victoria) and has exhibited across Canada in Montréal, Victoria, Vancouver and Toronto, as well as internationally in Seattle. In 2022, Carollyne was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal for her MFA thesis. Most recently, her art research has been published in Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities and becoming-Feral, a print and digital publication creatively exploring the relations between humans/other-animals.

Yardley researches the ethology of grey squirrels and their links to human systems to speculate possible futures in hybrid human development through artistic practice. Humans living in urban spaces interact daily with nonhumans as cities spread out into the natural world and technology reshapes our existence. She began creating art and thinking with grey squirrels after an interspecies boundary was crossed when she held an injured squirrel in her hands. The intimacy of the encounter touched Yardley and evoked a desire to document her alliance to the squirrel through artwork—thus, Squirrealism was born. Squirrealism developed into a method of art-making that channels conceptual and material connections between species to think and make, sympoetically.

Yardley has garnered all levels of press in Canada, featured by Canadian Art Magazine, Border Crossings, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CTV News, CBC Radio, 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.

#synanthropes #squirrealism #transgene #oddkin #collaboration #urbananimals #sharedspace #biodiversity #symbiogenesis #sympoiesis #kinship #animality #hybrids #anti-colonialism and #animality #plastickin

Carollyne with doe and fawn. June 29th, 2018. Photo credit: Anonymouse.

2008 – 2022  Carollyne Yardley Omnimedia
1997-2012 Founder, Co-owner, Creative Director, Star Global Advanced IT Corp. Ltd.

2021    MFA, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
1997    BA (Psychology and Art History, Double Major), University of Victoria

2022   Governor General’s Academic Medal (Gold), Highest Academic Standing, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
Madrona Gallery, Victoria, BC

2023 Yardley, Carollyne. “Squirrealism: Psychometry in artistic practice” International Multispecies Methods Research Symposium, University of Saskatchewan, forthcoming
2021 Yardley, Carollyne. “Eastern Grey Squirrel.” becoming-Feral: a book of beasts. Objet-a-Creative Studio, Glasgow, Nov. 2021,  pp. 116-119.
2021 Yardley, Carollyne. Sympoetics of Squirrealism. 2021. Emily Carr University of Art and Design Library, MFA thesis. 
2021  Yardley, Carollyne. “Holobionts: Making and Living through Squirrealism.” Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities, vol. 2, no. 1, July 2021, pp. 109-17, doi:10.46863/ecocene.36.

2022 HUMN 308-F091-2022, Studies in Illustration Genres (Characterization of Animals Relations) at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver BC.

2022 Becoming Plastic, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC (March 18 to April 16)
2017 Shapeshifting, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2014 Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria BC
2013 Romancing the Squirrel, Apartment Gallery, Victoria BC

2022 The Show, MFA Graduate Exhibition, Libby Leshgold Gallery, Vancouver BC
2021 Becoming, Thesis Exhibition, Emily Carr University of Art+ Design, Vancouver BC
2021 Colours of Summer XII, Madrona Gallery, Victoria BC
2020 Living Room, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2020 Colours of Summer XI, Madrona 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 SHE-I-LA: 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 Co-Mix Art, Martin Bachelor Gallery, Victoria BC
2015 Pride in Art: The Queer Truth & Nothing But, Fifty-Fifty Arts Collective, 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

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

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

2020 Newton, Steve. ” Unearthing: art by Valérie Chartrand, Robert Morris, Ben Oswald, Suzanne Paleczny, Jennie Vallis, Carollyne Yardley.” The Georgia Straight. Dec 11, 2020. Weblog.

2020 Grauer, Perrin. “The eerie objects and compositions are grounded firmly in reflections on the blurry boundary between the human and non-human worlds.” Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Nov 02, 2020. Weblog.

2020 “Art under lockdown: Vancouver art exhibitions entered around understanding change.” Curated Tastes. Oct 14, 2020. Weblog.

2020 Lederman, Marsha. “Covid-19 masks make meaningful, whimsical debuts at art galleries in Vancouver and Banff.” Globe and Mail. Oct 4, 2020.

2018 Walsh, Meeka. “Papier 18 | Editor’s Picks Day 2,” Border Crossings. Weblog.

2018 Herman, Pee-wee. “For Squirrel Appreciation Day, check out Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel art!” Weblog

2017  Slavens, Kerry. “Do Tell,” Yam Magazine Jan/Feb: pp 74. Print

2016 Balzer, David. “7 Best Bets for Art Toronto – Mask at Fazakas Gallery,” Canadian Art Magazine. Weblog.

2016 Landau, Emily. “The 10 most exciting artists to check out at Art Toronto,” Toronto Life. Weblog.

2016 Blazenhoff, Rusty, “Rusty’s Electric Dreams,” Inbox Zine. Weblog.

2016 White, Laurie. “Seriously Silly, Horse Heads and Flower Beards in the Work of Carollyne Yardley,” Analogue Magazine. Print.

2016 Wright, Andy. “From Portrait Painters to College Applicants, Squirrel Obsessives Through the Ages,” Atlas Obscura. Weblog.

2015 Lundy, Susan. “Secrets and Lives: Carollyne Yardley, Artist,” Boulevard Magazine.  Print.

2015 Thomson, John. “Canadian Artist Goes Squirrely,” DZine Trip Design Magazine. Weblog.

2015 Blazenhoff, Rusty. “Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask by Carollyne Yardley,” Blazenfluff May 19. Weblog.

2014 Amos, Robert. “First Nations Art, meet squirrels,” (review) Time Colonist. Print.

2014 Cino, Kate. “Alcheringa Gallery presents Ravenous with Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley.” Art Openings. Weblog.

2014 Willey, Philip. “Ravenous: Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook,” Exhibit-V. Weblog

2014 Madden, Aaren. “Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery,” (review) Focus Magazine. Print.

2014 Simcoe, Luke. “B.C. artist battles Mattel’s American Girl over trademark,” Metro News. Weblog.

2014 Fisher, Gavin. “B.C artist facing down Mattel in expensive copyright fight.” Globe and Mail. Weblog.

2014 McCulloch, Sandra. “Artist goes after U.S. giant Mattel over trademark to her own name,” Times Colonist. Print.

2014 Hopper, Tristin. “Toymaker Mattel fighting Canadian ‘Squirrealism’ painter Carollyne Yardley over trademark to her own name,” National Post. Print.

2014 Lus, Steven. “It’s Caroline vs. Carollyne in a fight at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office,” CBC News. Web log.

2014 Editorial. “Canadian Art Fights Mattel’s American Girl Over Trademark,” Huffington Post. Web log.

2014 Wahl, David. “Here’s an awkward family photo for the ages,” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME! Web log.

2013 Schlauch, Matthew. “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards,” Snap’d Magazine. Print.

2013 Willey, Philip. “Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand and Paul Dowd at AGGV,”  Exhibit-V. Weblog.

2013 Smart, Amy. “Creative process shines, digitally and otherwise,” (review) Times Colonist Print.

2013 Wahl, David. “Our recent post about Carollyne’s Saint Squirrel and Pope Pinenuts,” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME! Weblog.

2013 Lindsay, Teresa. “Revealing an Incredible Journey through Pop Surrealism,” Weblog.   

2013 Beneteau, Nicole. “Artists Take a Crack at Carroll Classic,” Nexus Newspaper. Print.

2013 Madden, Aaren. “The Unbearable Lightness of Squirrels,” Editorial. Focus Magazine. Print.

2013 Focus Magazine, Advertisement, Jan. pg. 13 Print. 

2013 Threlfall, John. “Culture Goes Pop,” Editorial. Yam Magazine. Print.

2012 Willey, Philip. “Days in the Life,” Illus. by Carollyne Yardley, pg. 13, Ahndai Books. Weblog.

2012 Wahl, David. “Hey Look, It’s a Gingerbread Squirrel!” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME! Weblog.

2012 Green, MaryEllen. “Artist Is Nuts for Squirrels,” Monday Magazine.Print.

2012 Wahl, David. “As Many of You Probably Know by Now, We Have A Soft Spot for Squirrels | Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME!” Weblog


2016 Johnson, Andrew. “Victoria artist wins trademark name fight,” CTV News. Television
2015 de Blois, Maude. “Paroles d’artists,” CILS.FM 107.9. Radio
2014  Quiroz, Efren. “Ravenous: Opening Reception,” Exhibit-V. Youtube
2014  Quiroz, Efren. “Interview with Carollyne Yardley & Rande Cook,” Exhibit-V. Youtube
2014 Stanton, Kylie. “Vancouver Island artist takes on U.S. toymaker over name,” Global News. Television
2014 Grieves, Chandler. “Victoria artist takes on toy giant,” CTV Vancouver Island. Television
2014 Rankin, Eric. “Mattel’s American Girl name fight,” CBC News. Television
2014 Off, Carol. “Canadian artist takes on giant toymaker Mattel,” As It Happens, CBC Radio
2014 Elgersma, Karen. “Victoria Whisky Festival, Society Squirrel Painting,” Shaw. Television
2013 Sawatsky, Adam. “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards,” CTV News. Television

2013 Yardley, Carollyne, “Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards.” Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Massey Gallery. Victoria, BC
2011  Yardley, Carollyne, “Never Dine Alone.” The Sculpture StudioVictoria, BC. Weblog.