Elisabeth Heidinga


In her work as an abstract painter she cuts and weaves the fine strips of several painted canvases to create a different kind of painting. The process is quite symbolic and metaphorical. Historically, painting is largely male-dominated and craft is traditionally identified as a female activity, and my paintings bring these two worlds together. However, this is beyond gender issues, but simply two opposing concepts meeting, challenging and rethinking the mountains that stand in our way - thoughtfully taking apart and reassembling what lies before us to create a new perspective. It's the ups and downs, the give and the take, the blunders and the victories.

She is a Toronto based artist from France, born (1981) in Cologne, Germany. She graduated with honours from OCAD University in 2010 and married her best friend, Sven. They have two little boys: Noe and Joah.

Ways I Work

Only thing you need when you leave the house

1 thing - lol - then that would be my 'Mary Poppins' purse! It holds my cell phone, wallet, snacks and water for the little people, diaper changing essentials, my husband's wallet and cellphone, etc...

Why is art important to you?

it's simply part of me, I don't think I can separate it...

What kind of artwork do you have in your home?

my prototypes

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

a mother to 3 young children

Favourite artist(s) right now

My favourite painters are - Cecily Brown and Cy Twombly

Describe your home in 3 words

Simple, wild and loud

Your favourite spot in Toronto right now

West Queen West

Favourite medium

Oil paints, although I don't like the clean-up

When did you start making art, and why?

As long as I remember. It just comes out of me...

Beverage of choice

Water, tea (the simple and fancy kind) and smoothies


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