Ellie Epp grew up on a farm in northern Alberta, graduated from Queen’s University, Kingston with an honours BA in philosophy, psychology and English. She then went on to complete a post-graduate diploma in Film Studies from the Slade School of Art in London. Epp returned to Canada to edit her first 16mm film, Trapline. Other 16mm films made by her in the ‘70s and ‘80s include Notes In Origin, Current and Bright and Dark.

In her fifties she went back to school, looking for a new approach to the epistemology of perception and representation. She completed a PhD in Neurophilosophy in 2002. Her main theoretical work, Being about: perceiving, imagining, representing, and thinking is online at, along with a lifetime journal project and other work in photography, garden design and experimental writing. She taught in the Individualized MA Program of Goddard College from 2001 to 2013, and while there devised an embodiment studies program and a small press.

 Her web-based photography and writing work includes two place projects, and her recent cinematic work is in HD video.