Author Tags: Downtown Eastside, Local History
Born in Vancouver in 1939, Carole Itter is a sculptor who has worked as an instructor on a part-time basis at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver for almost two decades. She has received awards from the Canada Council of the Arts and the B.C. Arts Council for visual art and writing and for the film, Metallic, produced in 2002. In l989, she received the VIVA (Vancouver Institute of Visual Arts) award. In 1979 Itter co-edited (with Daphne Marlatt) a volume in the Sound Heritage series about her Strathcona neighborhood, and she more recently published and edited a posthumous collection of journal writings by her daughter Lara Gilbert, I Might Be Nothing: Journal Writing, that documents her gifted daughter's descent into drug abuse, episodes of prostitution in Skid Row, allegations of sexual abuse and her eventual suicide in 1996. Itter's own writings have been included in Room of One's Own, Brick, A Literary Journal, Cradle and All, (Faber & Faber), Women and Words (Harbour), Periodics, Arsenal Pulp Press, Coachhouse Press, and more. Her exhibits in the visual arts include The Pink Room: A Visual Requiem at the grunt Gallery, Vancouver (l999) and at Open Space, Victoria (2001); The Float at the Or Gallery, Vancouver, l995; Where Streets Are Paved With Gold at the Vancouver Art Gallery, l991 and at the Museum of Civilization in Quebec City, 2005.
Editor of I Might Be Nothing by Lara Gilbert, 2004 (Trafford)
cover image on The Capilano Review and inserts, No. 36, 2002;
color images of Al Neil's Beach Assemblage for BorderCrossing magazine, summer 1994;
Western Blue Rampage, artist's handbook, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, l990;
Location Shack, artist's handbook, l982;
Opening Doors: Vancouver's East End, compiled and edited with Daphne Marlatt, Vol. V111, B.C. Provincial Archives, l979 & l980 (Sound Heritage, Volume VIII, Numbers 1 and 2, Aural History Program, Provincial Archives); republished Harbour Publishing, 2001).
[BCBW 2011] "Local History" "Downtown Eastside"
Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Opening Doors in Vancouver's East End: Strathcona