Ellen Heck grew up around the studio of her mother, an illustrator, living in several cities with her parents and sisters throughout childhood. She studied philosophy at Brown University and then completed a BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Now focused on printmaking and painting, Heck’s work deals with identity and connection, both in subject matter and medium. She often uses technique and process to underscore these themes―layering, juxtaposing, and displaying multiple versions of the same image and creating large portfolios. Prints on view in the October Exhibit are selections from the portfolio Fascinators, portraits of girls wearing mathematical or paradoxical figures as hats. The mixed media works are part of the series Indirectly Attached, an ongoing study of narrative, context, and connection.