Elly Stormer Vadseth (b.1993) is a Norwegian/American interdisciplinary artist based in the Oslo region and Boston. In her practice she explores Ecology, environmental histories and the transformative potential in movement. She uses performance, dance, video, sculpture and installation as her primary mediums. Through embodied research methods and technology, she makes performative works that seek to question, subvert and animate relationships between the human body and other organisms. Inspired by studies in post-humanism and her own experiences, she frequently explores intuitive and responsive processes, instinct and play to enter potential imaginaries where body, ecology and seasonal rhythms animate each other forming new relationships. Recent exhibitions and screenings include The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (USA), Firenze Multimedia Festival (IT), Hennie Onstad Contemporary Art Center (NO) and Mountain Time Arts Waterworks 2018, in Bozeman, Montana (USA)  

As an artist and researcher Elly was in 2018 awarded a Tufts Institute of the Environment Research Fellowship along with fellows from the arts and sciences to research place based art and its potential environmental impact. In 2019, her project An Ecology of Fallen Leaves is part of “The Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology” curatorial research project M/ Others and other Futures in Copenhagen, DK. Currently based in the Oslo Region Elly is continuing her practice and research into place based processes and interdisciplinary projects at Oslo Metropolitan University, NO.


2019-20 Leadership in the arts, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, NO

2016-18 Master of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary arts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston,MA, USA

2013-16 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, USA



2019    Blizzard Act(s) and Ice Fracture, Three person exhibition, Environmental Tensions, Adelson Gallery, curated, Olivia Klawonn and Treina Santos, Boston, USA

2018     River Rite(s), Solo Exhibition, Waterworks, Mountain Time Arts, Bozeman, MT, USA

2018     Earth Act(s), Solo Exhibition, There, Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, USA


2019 Submerged, outdoor video installation, Light Factory, Slemmestad, NO

2019 Blizzard Act(s), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Kunst Rett Vest, curated by Sverre Gullesen, Cathrine Rasmussen and Geir Yttervik, NO

2019     Snow Shifting, Firenze Multimedia Festival, DIFRAZIONI – (sound, light, art, technology, neuroscience, nanotechnology, robotics), IT

2018     River Rites, video Screening, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

2018     Ecology of Fallen Leaves, Media Arts Annual, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Curated, Katherine Irving, Brittany Gravely, Andy London, Boston, USA

2018     An Ecology of Fallen Leaves, Open Out Festival, Curated, Camilla Renate Nicolaisen, Marion Bouvier, Siri Mari Vitalis Larsen,Tromsø, NO

2018     River Rite(s), Just Shed, Mission Hill Gallery, curated, Mary Ellen Strom, Boston, MA, USA

2018     Hay Shifting, CAA, Screening, Media Lounge, Los Angeles, LA, USA 

2018     An Ecology of Fallen Leaves, Group Exhibition, Sanctuary, Gallery 263, curated, Maria Molteni, Cambridge, MA, USA         

2018     nARTure: Re-shaping Eco-art, Tufts University Art Gallery, curated, Silvia Bottinelli, MA, USA

2017    An Ecology of Fallen Leaves, Video Installation,  Inhale, curated by Mary Ellen Strom, Mission Hill gallery, Boston, MA, USA

2017     Enmeshed, Group Exhibition, Nasty Women, Laconia gallery, Boston, MA, USA

2017     Blizzard Acts, Light in the Storm, Group Exhibition, Anderson Auditorium, Boston, MA, USA

2017     Hydra, Juvenarte, Galleri Autonom, curated, Nico Widerberg, Nina Skarra, Hege Halse Spora Støyl, Hanne Krogh, Halvor Bakke, Oslo, NO

2017     Lean, Betwixt/ Between, Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, USA       

2017 Støa, Hurum, NO

2016     Karen Hillie Center for the Performing Arts, Solo Show, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, USA

2016    Wander,  Forgery show, Mission Hill Gallery curated, Ethan Murrow, Boston MA, USA            

2016     Ghost, In Flux, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA, USA                      

2016    Sanctuary,  Inspired by Munch and the Sea, curated by Allison Morehead, Scandinavian Center, Tacoma, WA, USA

2015    Enmeshed,  Dreamers Collection Exposure Awards, Louvre, Paris, FR



Asker kommune (NO)


Nærsnes, Norway

Seattle, WA, / Boston, MA, / New York, NY (USA)


2019   An Ecology of Fallen Leaves, Part of Curatorial Research Project, M/ Others And Future Humans,Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, DK

2018-19           Graduate Environmental Research Fellow, “River Narratives”, Tufts Institute of the Environment, Tufts university, Medford MA, USA

2018               Provost travel grant, “River Rites” Exhibition and presentation at the Rialto, Mountain Time Arts, Bozeman, MT, USA

2018               Montague Research Travel Grant, Nordic earth Rituals/ theology, West-fjords, Iceland, SMFA at Tufts,Boston

2015               Residency, New York Academy of Art, New York, USA

2014-15       Rieke Scholar, International Peer Advisor, Pacific Lutheran University, WA, USA

2012- 16       Norway American Foundation grant, Merit Grant, Pacific Lutheran University, Oslo. Norway 


2019 Jury member, MOON Reflections, Factory Light Festival, Slemmestad, NO

2018-19       Post Graduate Teaching Fellow, Introduction to Video Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, MA, USA 

2018               Teaching Assistant, Mary Ellen Strom, Video for Grads, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, Boston, MA, USA 

2018               Curatorial Project,  MFA New Video Installations for Video for Grads, Mission Hill Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

2017               Teaching Assistant, Ethan Murrow, Drawing Now, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, Boston, MA, USA 

2015- 15      Teaching Assistant, Digital Photography and Lighting, Pacific Lutheran University, WA, USA


2018-2019       Artist assistant, Mary Ellen Strom, Boston/ NYC, USA

2018                Assistant Choreographer, Ann Carlson, The Symphonic Body/ Water, Bozeman Montana, MA, USA

2018      Performer in Cherry River, Mary Ellen Strom, Shane Doyle, Waterworks 2018, Missouri Headwaters State Park, Mountain Time Arts

2018     Performer in The Symphonic Body/ Water by Ann Carlson, Bozeman, Montana, Waterworks 2018, Mountain Time Arts


2019                FAI- AR member of IN SITU, European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space,  

Image used as an illustration of the uncertainties of the weather when one performs in public.

2018                Creative Capital, Image used to feature project and Creative Capital grantee Ann Carlson, NYC, USA

2018                 HYPERALLERGIC, Image used in article “Artist Reflect on Water Scarcity in a Gentrifying Montana Town”, NYC, USA

2018                 Wagner Foundation, Image used to illustrate new Incubator Grant, Boston, USA

2018                 Visionary Ideas in the Arts (VIA art fund), 2018, NYC, Image used to illustrate The Symphonic Body/ Water project, NYC, USA


UKS: Unge Kunstneres Samfunn

NBK: Norske Billedkunstnere