The Salt Spring
National Art Prize


— About the Artist

Jacqueline Huskisson
Calgary, AB

Jacqueline Huskisson is an interdisciplinary artist currently residing in Calgary, Alberta. She received a BFA in Print Media from Alberta University of the Arts in 2011 and an MFA from the Belfast School of Art in 2017. She has recently had solo exhibitions at Main Space Gallery (Alberta Printmakers, Calgary) and Poolside Gallery (VideoPool, Winnipeg). Jacqueline has also been doing various projects, installations, and residencies around Canada, the US, Northern Ireland, Germany, and Finland. She is the recipient of various local and national grants and was the inaugural recipient of the Scott Leroux Media Arts Exploration Fund (Videopool, Winnipeg). She is currently working on her next solo exhibition with Helmut in Leipzig, Germany, in 2022.

— The winning piece


Relief print, marker and acrylic, unframed

48" x 48"

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Artwork Statement

In early 2020 (pre-Covid), I attended an artist residency in Leipzig, Germany. I chose Leipzig to understand better my Mother, whose family was from there. Growing up, we had a turbulent relationship, which only improved in her final months. I wanted to gain perspective on her narrative. "Shock" is an exploration of these conflicting feelings. The print on the figure was created from a rubbing on one of the trees in Leipzig, wolves being a strong figure of strength in Germany.

Curator Notes

​​I chose “Shock” as my Juror’s Choice because it is a particularly articulate use of allegory, and I love its provocative, fairy-tale-like strategy of anthropomorphizing. 

Contemporary art, by giving expression to subterranean interpersonal dynamics, elicits deeper and more thoughtful considerations that reverberate long after the exhibition of a work is over. Moments of surprise are only the starting point of that process. By sublimating aggression, art has the capacity to act as a civilizing force. In the graphic way it presents an aggressor and the victim of aggression, this work offers the viewer a complex psychological insight––that someone berating someone is actually shouting at themself.

– Ydessa Hendeles