welcoming Receptive regenerative Actions


Elyse Portal embraces restorative actions, land poetry, and communal pondering. Relational approaches to local ecologies initiate her creative processes and culminate in multidisciplinary works. She also collaborates on ecological art projects within the collective eeportal.


Elyse has a BFA from the University of Victoria, and a master's degree in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.  Materia medica, her master’s thesis, has been published in the Journal of Comparative Media Arts (Simon Fraser University, 2015).

Elyse's Practice

As an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator, Elyse has exhibited work for over a decade, including:  stars pour through (7a*11D as part of 7a*md8, 2017), 3 ways of working with plants (WKP Kennedy Gallery as part of the multi-arts festival, 2017); daylighting (Reconstructing Resilience Symposium, OCADU, 2016); buried waters (Quest Art Gallery, Midland, 2015); jars-microhabitat (Black Cat ARTSPACE, Toronto, 2015); Journey into Fantasy (McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, 2015); Materia medica (University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, 2014); claybank (Whippersnapper, Toronto, 2014; University of Victoria, 2012); Juglans manos (Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, Sudbury, 2013); urbeing (Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, 2012); Mark Laver: Shining Examples (Legacy Art Gallery, Victoria, 2012); aline (Upstairs Gallery, Victoria, 2012); Greenish (Open Space Arts Society, Victoria, 2011); Species-at-Risk (Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, 2011); listening arms (Mary & Moses Sculpture Garden, Saanich, 2011); Taché (Audain Gallery, Victoria, 2010); Real Eyes (Canadian Heritage, 2007-09); Elements (Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, Yellowknife, 2008); Lost & Found (Javaroma, Yellowknife, 2006); Flower of Life (Somba K'e Public Art, Yellowknife, 2004); Reclaimed (Old Town Glassworks, Yellowknife 2004).

Awards: Master of Visual Studies Graduating Scholarship (2014), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2013-14), University of Toronto Fellowship (2013), Jamie Cassel's Research Award (2012), Fine Art Festival Bursary (2011), Pat Martin Bates Scholarship (2011), Royal Bank Scholarship for Innovation (2009), The Tenline Sales Material Award (2009), and the NWT Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant (2007).

Throughout her research on environmental issues, she garnered the Dr Lorene Kennedy Environmental Studies Bursary (2011) and Eco-system Bursary (2011). Along with teaching studio art, she has been a teaching assistant for the University of Toronto's School of the Environment.


elyseportal at gmail dot com