Alexis Williams


Ember Penumbra


Winter 2019
La Ceiba Grafica
Artist in Residence
l'Ordunia, Mexico


Fall 2018
Chaos Fungorum
at the Baba Yaga Gallery, Toronto



Fall 2018
at the Boutiful Davis Art Center, Utah



Spring 2018
Lady Aplanatum, a collection of guilded and etched artist conk mushrooms at the Art Ark Gallery in San Jose, California


Winter 2018
Mapping Cusco while in residence
at the Healing House, Peru

Fall 2017 - Winter 2018
Writing about mushrooms while in residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Oregon


36 Questions to Fall in Love
With Yourself


Summer 2017
Obsidian Occulation
Artist in residence at Snaggy Mountain, NC
to view the solar eclipse through this polished obsidian lense


Spril 2017
Artist in residence studying wearable tech with
Artscape Gibraltar Point in Toronto


Fall 2016

Grass Mask


Spring 2016
Winner of the Ottawa Field Naturalists' Art Award
mushroom art

Fall 2015
Infamous Mushrooms

Residency in the Amazon jungle to study and paint mushrooms
at the Sachaqa Art Center, Peru

mushroom art


Sept 3 -7, 2015
The Shaman's New Mask

An exhibition of masks that embody contemporary magic.
MFA Sub Gallery, VA, Concordia University, 1395 rene Levesque

shamans new mask

Winter 2015
The Alcorian Spirit of Spider Webs, Constellations and Lab Equipment

Installation by Alexis Williams exhibited at the UCC Art Gallery, Oregon
group exhibition: Flocks of Secrets Swarms of Lies, with work by Ayatana Residents


Jan 2015



The Illustrated Book About Death



Spring 2014
The Mushroom Oracle

Smart phone app free download



NYC Under the Microscope

Nov 2014

Bio-Art research expedition IndieGoGo campaign

art + science


Smmer 2014
From Cave Painting to Transgenics:

Biology in Art History
a talk by Alexis Williams
Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

ayatana artist talks


June 2014
Ebb and Flow
Solstice Forest Meditation Installation

bb an flow



Australian blog ArtBusiness interviews Alexis Williams

All the stuff that's not the art: copyright, tax, grants and residencies.




April 2014
Culture Vultures' residency catalogue produced by Alexis Williams



Tuesday, 1 April 2014 at 12:00-13:00
Hearing in the Dark
Artist talk on the use of ritual in art
Hexagram Resource Centre EV 11.705
Concordia University, Montréal



Entropy of Identity

Freedom from Identity, 2014, a video by Alexis Williams will be screened at the MECA, Spain.



2014 Marakesh Bienalle
Here, Now, Where?

Between Words, 2013 a sound piece by Alexis Williams will be played in taxi cabs as part of a project by radio art collective Saout Radio.



Morocco. Jan. 2014
Sidi Ali Artist Residency

The Sidi Ali Artists in Residence Program that facilitated visits to the Moussem of Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch to study sufi trance ritual interwoven with a program of talks, presentations and  interviews with local spiritual musicians and academics.


Between Words

Sound piece published in the Sound Museum of Silence




Ember Penumbra
Creative process blog



Winter 2013
Finish Snow Labyrinth
40 meter snow Labyrinth built at Arteles Creative Center



Silence, Awarness, Existence Artist Residency In Finland

Dec 1 - 31 2013

S.A.E offered an extreme retreat into existence through art, silence and nature. The program brought together creative minds who were working with the theme of silence, awareness and existence.



OpenSource: Openly Sourced

28 October – 10 November 2013

Parer Place Urban Screens, Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industries Precinct, Australia

OpenSourced: Openly Sourced focuses on variance in the interpretation of light, and is one in a series of exhibitions throughout 2013 exploring the use of crowd sourcing within moving image. Video work by Alexis Williams is being projected alongside 16 other international artists on this Creative Digital Media Display Site and Exhibition Space.

Open Source


Unearthing the Mysteries of the Mushroom With Artist and Amateur Mycologyst Alexis Williams

Nancy Snipper’s journey with Cuture Plus October 2013

culture plus


All Mushrooms Are Magical: Interview by Montreal Cultural blog Midnight Poutine with artist Alexis Williams. Oct 2013

All Mushrooms Are Magical: A Guided Walk in the Morgan Arboretum

minight poutin


Guided Mushroom Walk Through the Climax Forest

Brought to you by the Sensorium at the Morgan Arboretum, Montreal

Lead by Alexis Williams Sat Oct 26 2:00pm

Guided musrhoom walk montreal



Pukaskwa National Park Artist in the Park Residency

Artist talks by Alexis Williams every day at 10am Aug 8th - 13th

Guided mushroom walk and appreciation workshop Aug 1 at 1:30

Print exhibition in the visitor center

pukaskwa art



Manhole cover rubbings at the Nonesuch Gallery, Parsborro, NS
Exhibition of work by Alexis Williams and Fiona Annis
July 10th - July 25th Openning and artist talk Aug 10th

man hole cover art

Sunday 7th July Guided mushroom walk
Wednesday 10th July Artist Talk and Opening
Artist Residency,
Main And Staion
Parsborro Nova Scotia



Art in the Park

Gyotaku prints availble in Richmond Ontario
June 15th

richmond art in the park


Gyotaku prints available at Ravenswing
Ottawa's Art's and Music fair May 26th at Mnto Park



A Fly Can't Bird
Solo show of Gyotaku prints as part of Ottawa's Chinatown Remixed Festival at Korean Palace restaurant 610 Somerset St. W, Ottawa
May 18th - June 18th 2013


An exhibition of prints created and exchanged by graduate students from Concordia University and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis
April 23 - May 4th



Atelier Circulaire, Montreal

Vernisage April 24th 5:30 - 7:30


Open Studio and Print Sale

Semester Finnisage Saturday April 27th
VA 045 corner of Rene Levesque and Crescent, Montreal

salt crystals


Both and Neither

Catalogue of the prints and poetry of Alexis Williams

both and neither



MFA show @ Art Mur
March 23 to Saturday, April 6

Vernissage: Saturday March 23rd, 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m

Ultramoderne offers Montrealers a chance to see the innovative work produced by MFA Students in their first and second year of study.

buterfly dust


27 Feb - 12 March 2013
Solo exhibition by Alexis Williams
Mouse Print Gallery, 1515 St Catherine St W, EV 9 416, Montreal Vernisage 27 Feb

mouse print gallery


Year of the Snake
Vernisage at Proof Gallery in the distillery district, Toronto Feb 10 '13

snake prints


Proof Studio Gallery Feb 7 - 24 Opening Feb 10
Ontario College of Art and Design - March 2013

Ottawa School of Art - March & April

Mouseprint Gallery Montreal March 13 – 20
Muskoka Place Gallery, Muskoka April 2013


January 30, 2013

1-3pm Open Studios EV Building, 1515 St. Catherine St. W.
3-6pm Open Studios VA Building,1395 René Lévesque Blvd W.
6 pm Reception, MFA Gallery, 1395 René Lévesque Blvd W.

Free, everyone is welcome!

mfa open house







































Alexis Williams (A.K.A Ember Penumbra or Ember Erebus) is a Canadian research artist interested in non-human sensory experiences. She has a love for biology and natural philosophy. She is a mycologist who travels the world in search of wild mushrooms, witches’ markets, ghost towns and remarkable celestial phenomenon. Her work, which often highlights the kinship of Art, Science and Spirituality, indicates the importance of observation, contemplation and adventure.

Alexis designs and leads research expeditions for international artists to study science and other non-normal points of view.


Butterfly wings, mushroom spores, cast-off snake skins and deer carcasses are but a few of the unexpected materials that define the artwork of Alexis Williams. Needless to say, such acts as scavenging, foraging, and collecting are all fundamental strategies that the artist employs. Roaming from east coast tides to Alaskan highways in search of new creative measures, the rhizomatic momentum is indicative of the sense of quest inherent to this artist’s practice. Sites of engagement range across a spectrum as broad as virgin forests, trance dance floors, and science laboratories.

-Fiona Annis


Alexis Williams is director and expedition leader at the Ayatana Artists' Research Program

Ember photographs mushrooms everywhere she goes

Ember photographs abandoned buildings

Ember makes sound art, records guided meditations and commentary

Ember keeps a blog of essays, poetry and commentary on art, science and mysticism


Alexis produces small publications


Ember shares mycological observations with the international Mushroom Observer

Alexis makes time lapse and real time video observations of wild mushroom growth.

These are old shorts and demos

These are older shorts and demos

mostly silent music videos
Stroboscopes is a You tube channel that displays a series of silent music videos