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Elly Heise is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist of Norwegian and German heritage. She embarked on her artistic journey at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015, majoring in Photography. Before graduating she received international recognition for her undergraduate portrait project entitled “Skins” (formerly called #daughterdoesmymakeup) and was published in PetaPixel, DailyMail, Featureshoot, and more. In the spring of 2020, she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria.

In 2021 Heise was awarded a Canada Council project grant for her exhibition “Who Am I To You?” with Xchanges Gallery in Victoria B.C. In 2023 she exhibited her solo show “Inside Skies” with TREX Gallery in Medicine Hat, Alberta. In the Spring of 2024 she was a co-curator for the exhibition “Pulse of the Urban Forest” through the Medicine Hat College project “Urban Trees”, which received an interdisciplinary research award. Heise is now dedicated to actively seeking a diverse array of national and international opportunities. She is also a sessional photography instructor at the Medicine Hat College. You can read more about her artistic practice below.

the artist next to “Homebound”, Verzasca Foto festival, 2020

“My current research examines potential relationships between nature, myth, memory, and mental wellness. Through intertwining photography, textiles, drawing, and installations, I seek to connect people’s unique mental states to the healing potential of nature and memory.”

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