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. Since entering into her second year as a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Victoria, she has broadened the scope of her practice to encompass other disciplines.
In 2014-2015 she 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 latest solo exhibition “Kin”. In the past two years Heise has been in numerous shows throughout Western Canada, with the intention of more actively exhibiting in the future.
Heise overtly represents how we romanticize memory through a nostalgic preoccupation with archives. Her practice explores the way in which Western cultures in the digital age experiences a dissonant relationship between embodied memory and physical occupation of spaces, causing a withdrawal into these images of the past.
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