I am Denelle Louise Kennedy Ellis and I make selfish, self serving art


Like Mother..

My uncle Bill and my mother Sheila in 1981

My cousin Evan and Myself in 2017

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Moving Portrait live performance 2012

Stills by Danielle J Tran from a live performance at OCAD University March 2012

29 feelin' fine

By Denelle & Tom Ellis


Queen D

Self Portrait, 2018

I'm turning 29 this April 21st. The final year of my 20's.
I've spent the last year being an adult:
 caring for my body, my mind, my husband, our business, our cat, our families.
This year I want to act my age-
I'm not dead yet.

Happy Birthday To Me 

Self Portrait, 2018




Tom and I were featured on HungerTV at the beginning of the year a few times.
We did a little interview which you can read HERE 

Here are a few pictures of us we made-

Self-Timed Portrait, 2018
Self-Timed Portrait, 2016
Self-Timed Portrait, 2017

All Photographs by Denelle & Tom Ellis of Peanut Factory Studio


Self Portrait, 2018

I am still making work, I'm just finding it difficult to share it.
I've been hiding in plain sight. 

Self Portrait, 2018



My partner Tom and I had our first wedding anniversary,
and to celebrate we decided to make an exhibition
 of the work we had created together this year.
We transformed our studio into a gallery this weekend and
below are some photographs of the installation.

This has been the most therapeutic and romantic idea we've shared:
 exhibit to each other the progress we've made this year, in the space we
created together since our union.
We want to thank everyone who came out to support us,
 not just this weekend
 but through a very "interesting" first year of marriage.

Self-Timed Portrait, 2017.

All prints are available for purchase, send us your inquiries HERE 



Change your hair Change your life

Self-Timed Portrait, 2017

Change your hair, change your life. That's what I always say. A lot has changed in the past year. I've even got a new name! Along with marrying an amazing man, we've started our own business. We are both photographers and both passionate about the same things. We turned our Victorian warehouse home into a daylight photo studio. It's called Peanut Factory Studio and it is literally a dream come true. 

Self-Timed Portrait, 2017

Self-Timed Portrait Denelle & Tom Ellis, 2017

In November 2016 I went for an exploratory surgery, they found endometriosis. I have not been well for sometime, but after the surgery it was a whole new ball game. Tom and I have made some pictures during my "recovery" and I am currently working on a number of collaborations with publications I am quite excited about. I've become determined to inform more women on the signs of endometriosis and to fight for adequate healthcare for women. 

Self-Timed Portrait, 2017
Luckily I have had some amazing support during this journey. Tom continues to be the yin to my yang. We both feel it's important to work through our hurdles using ourselves in performative imagery. This past year has had a lot of ups and downs but we are closer than ever and stronger because of it. I am really excited for what's next. 
Self-Timed Portrait by Denelle & Tom Ellis 2017



Pics or it didn't happen, 2017

I have some images in Arvida Byström and Molly Soda's amazing new book
about instagram censorship called Pics Or It Didn't Happen.
I cannot believe my name is in a book that Chris Kraus wrote the foreward to
 and I am so proud to have my images along side some fabulous talent.
This issue of body censorship by a faceless corporation is revealed for its
lunacy in this tangible and poignant hardcover book.
Go out and buy it!



All Images Are Self Portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2016



Still from GlitchGirls, 2016

I made a few videos and they are being shown
at the Greenbelt Gallery
in Toronto on April 20th
as part of Luminous Flux IV

Still From GlitchGirls, 2016
Still from GlitchGirls, 2016

If you are in Toronto go check it out and
  e-mail me a selfie

Still from SuperLike, 2016

Still from SuperLike, 2016

And in the likely hood
 you can't make it to the show 
check out the video
 by clicking the image below

Still from GlitchGirls, 2016

All Images are Self Portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2016



Been Working On New Stuff, I Promise.
Self Portrait by Denelle Kennedy, 2016


The Face Of January

Still From Video Just Do it Your Selfie, 2015

I have a new video showing this week at the Camden Image Gallery in London.
'The Face of January' is a Portrait and Figurative Exhibition to raise money for Solace Women's Aid

"The intention in my fictionalized video self portraits is to create multiple personas of popular culture clichés. The staged presentation of the characters is to develop a slippage between the virtual and the real. These theatrical video self portraits employ an almost instagram aesthetic that use the vocabulary of the photographic still through a time based structure to further heighten the fictionalization of the female protagonist in play. Although these images are all of me, I do not view them as photographs of myself rather they act as embodiments of my thoughts on natures, technology, performance, identities and façades."

This exhibition will run from 7th - 13th January 2015

All Images Are Self Portraits Created by Denelle Kennedy


Egg On Your Face

Self Portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2015