People Archives

Dessa Ely

Instagram: @dessa.ely

About the Artist

A 17 year old artist attending Etobicoke School of the Arts Contemporary Arts program. She makes work using various mediums about loss, healing and her individual experiences through time.

About the Works

People Archives is a set of chlorophyll prints about preserving love. In my relationships where I find the most comfort, I also find the most fear, constant fear of losing the people around me. I attempt to preserve relationships through objects before they are even gone so that in the future I may experience them again through memories. For this work, I documented my preservation and printed them onto leaves. My process uses sunlight to naturally bleach an image onto a leaf using an alternative form of photography. Due to the nature of my materials, my work is alive, and because it has a life it will also have a death.
I attempt to immortalize relationships by preserving memories, but through these impermanent works I re-mortalize them again. I use the death of my work as a reminder that although nothing is permanent, impermanence makes life beautiful. This teaches me to love and appreciate the people around me, because there is no point in preserving something so thoroughly that you miss it completely.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.
Ryerson Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.