BIO

Elly is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher working through performance, choreography, video, ephemeral sculpture and installation.  Born in Philadelphia USA, raised on a peninsula on the Oslo fjord in Norway she is currently based in Boston and Oslo. Through embodied research methods and technology, she makes performative works that seek to question, subvert and uncover alternative geo choreographies and epistemic narratives in relation to environment and to the female body. Through an eco- feminist lens, she re enchants, unearths and celebrates knowledge(s) found in interactions between body, ecology, matter, environmental cosmologies and the camera. Curious about subconscious processes and embodied knowledge she frequently explores intuitive processes, instinct and play in attempts to enter into other imaginaries and potential futures.

Currently, Elly is involved in “The Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology” curatorial research project M/ Others and other Futures, exploring and confronting disregarded (his)stories, strenuous presents and speculative futures of the maternal in a more-than-human field with her piece “Ecology of Fallen Leaves”. As a 2018-2019 Tufts Institute of the Environment Research Fellow, she is currently researching the impact of large-scale site-specific works and their potential to animate landscapes (re)imagining/ contextualizing relationships between humans and more than human life. In 2019 She is continuing her project Under-being, Connectivity choreographies creating new connection rituals and land epistemology in the Nordic Context.

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SELECTED PROJECTS/ SCREENINGS/ PERFORMANCE

2019 Blizzard Acts, Hennie Onstad Kunstsenter, Kunst Rett Vest, curated by Sverre Gullesen, Cathrine Rasmussen and Geir Yttervik, Oslo,NO (Forthcoming)

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

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

2019    Blizzard Act(s),  Environmental Tensions, Adelson Gallery, curated, Olivia Klawonn and Treina Santos, Harrison Ave, Boston, 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, Belgrade, Paradise Valley, Bozeman, Montana, Waterworks 2018, Mountain Time Arts

2018     River Rites, Solo Show, The Rialto Gallery, Bozeman, MT, USA

2018     River Rites, Alfond Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

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

2018     Emphatic Shapeshifting and the Imaginary, Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, 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, College Art Association 2018, Media Lounge, Los Angeles, LA, USA 

2018     An Ecology of Fallen Leaves, 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,  Inhale, curated by Mary Ellen Strom, Mission Hill gallery, Boston, MA, USA

2017     Enmeshed, ,Nasty Women, Laconia gallery, Harrison Ave, Boston, MA, USA

2017     Blizzard Acts, Light in the Storm, 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       

2016     Karen Hillie Center for the Performing Arts, 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

SELECTED AWARDS AND GRANTS

2018-19          Post Graduate Teaching Fellow, Video 1, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA 

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, Research; Pagan Earth Rituals/ theology, Iceland, SMFA at Tufts, USA

2017               Deans research Award, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, Boston, USA

2016               Distinction in the Arts and Summa Cum Laude, In Flux, BFA Degree show,Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, USA

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

2014-15       Knudsens Family Endowed Scholarship, Nominated by art faculty, Granted by English department, Pacific Lutheran University, WA, 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 

TEACHING/ ART PRODUCTION

2018-19        Teaching Fellow, Video 1, 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 

2018                Production Coordinator, Cherry River, Shane Doyle and Mary Ellen Strom, Produced by Mountain Time Arts

2018                Social Media Content Manager, Waterworks 2018, Mountain Time Arts, MT, USA

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

2018                Editing Assistant, Mary Ellen Strom, Picture “Bayview Hunters Point produced by Sacco Dance Theather, San Francisco, CA, USA

2017                Gallery Assistant, School of the Museum of Fine Art at Tufts, Boston, MA

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

SELECTED PHOTO AND VIDEO WORK/ The Symphonic Body/ Water

2019                FAI- AR member of IN SITU, European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space,  Image used in MOOC (digital course) dedicated to creation in public spaces as an illustration of the uncertainties of the weather when one performs in public (forthcoming) 

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

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Oslo, Norway

Seattle, Washington

Boston, MA

New York