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 BFA in 2015, majoring in Photography. In 2014-2015 she received international recognition through numerous noteworthy publications for her viral photography series “#daughterdoesmymakeup” (now renamed “Skins”). In 2016 Heise won the Jurors Choice Award at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede. She is also the 2018 Emerging Photographers showcase winner for Alberta’s Exposure Festival. She spent the spring of 2018 in residency at Finnskogen, Norway working on her latest solo exhibition “Kin”. Heise is currently entering into her second year as an MFA candidate at the University of Victoria.

“I see the act of photographing as an act made in attempt to possess another reality. Everything in my images has been constructed and manipulated into a new realm; one that I am attempting to establish a connection with. I am interested in figures from archives acting as guides into hyper-dimensions. I make manipulated photographs with the intention of melding mixed histories with an infinite universe.”

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