The Carrying Root Collective is a project of artists Allison Henry and Kelly Zantingh rooted in drawing, printmaking, video and photography. Their work explores themes of ecology, the manipulation of landscape, the production of natural materials, and is often informed by their experience working in forestry as tree planters and wildfire fighting in British Columbia. They collaborate with other artists and communities as a means to increase the accessibility of art and to share the unique experience of Canadian tree planting with a larger public.
Since having formed in 2016, the collective has participated in several zine and book fairs including /2 Edition Toronto at the Metro Convention Centre, the OCADU zine fair and exhibition in Toronto, Expozine in Montréal, and have curated and participated in group exhibitions in Montréal. They have also self-published two volumes of a photography book titled A Fresh Coat of Grit and a New Layer of Dust, a collaborative project exploring Canadian tree planting.