Elyss McCleary’s practice is involved in collecting and recreating works from the everyday occurrences of her surroundings and sourced archival imagery. Her process interchanges across mainly painting, drawing, photography and installation. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drawing from RMIT University and Degree in Photography, National Arts School, Sydney. Recent projects include Bedrooms (Rubicon Ari, Melbourne) A Second Shadow, prelude and trail (The Lock Up, Newcastle, co-curated) , Estimating a Fort (C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne) and Drawn Together and Into the Vault Out of the Box co-curated at Arts Project Australia, Melbourne. She has been a finalist in the Brett Whitely Travelling Scholarship, (Highly Commended) Flanagin Art Prize ,Geoffrey Smart Drawing Prize and recipient of the Janet Holmes artist grant (NAVA).
McCleary is currently doing her Masters of Contemporary Art at The University of Melbourne Faculty of the VCA.