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“Paradise Island” Exhibition, 2020

Elly Heise is a first-generation Canadian artist with Norwegian-German parentage. Heise attended the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver where she got her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015, majoring in Photography. She has recently obtained her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria.

“In my artistic practice I explore the nature of our relationship to spaces through recording, archive, and memory. Using the photographic medium, I investigate people’s innate desire to inhabit imagined space and how this desire potentially impacts our relationships with memory and physicality.”


In 2014-2015 Heise received international recognition through numerous noteworthy publications for her viral photography series “#daughterdoesmymakeup” (now renamed “Skins”). She is also the 2018 Emerging Photographers showcase winner for Alberta’s Exposure Festival. Heise spent the spring of 2018 in residency at Finnskogen, Norway working on her solo exhibition “Kin”. In 2020 she is attending residencies in both Switzerland and Portugal. She is also preparing for numerous exhibitions in Western Canada and Europe. 


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