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 Bachelors in Visual Arts, majoring in Photography. While her artworks are photo based, digital painting and manipulation are key components to her practice. She often navigates ideas that appeal to viewer’s intuitive sides and influence a contemplation of their own subliminal identities.
Heise’s latest series, Mein Schatz, embodies narratives and ideas inspired from her family archive of photographs. These photographs range from the early 1900’s to the late 1970’s. Using digital manipulation and painting, these photographs were blended together into new images and re-contextualized.
“I am interested in representing the fictional memories and stories I instinctively made while looking through these archives. Fragmented ideas of ancestry emerged, puzzled together through longing and curiosity.”
Mein Schatz translates from German to “My Treasure” – a term of endearment for loved ones.
A loved one lost.
A found treasure.
A dream image from another time and world.
A world we can freely interpret, but never live in.
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