Vanessa Filley was born in New York City in 1975. She began her career as a human rights investigator for a law firm, but six years in discovered a compelling emotional need to make more tangible work in the world. After founding a clothing company of one of a kind wear from recycled fabrics she quickly evolved into a mixed-media fine art practice. Her work ranges from large scale sculptural installations to tiny embroidery pieces. After years of taking pictures she discovered that she could synthesize her art making in photographs, allowing her to design scenes, make costumes and conjure a certain sense of emotion and place. She has been showing work, and has won a number of juror’s awards, throughout the US and internationally since 2015. In 2016 she was one of Photolucida’s Top 200. She lives and works in Evanston, Il.