The Salt Spring
National Art Prize


Eloise Spitzer II

Vancouver, BC

Artwork Statement

"Eloise Spitzer II" is part of an ongoing series titled "An Exploration of Resilience and Resistance." This series is about identity, culture, strength, vulnerability, and love - these images are about resilience. Every photograph, every person, has a story to tell, and I am supporting them to tell these stories through their portraits. I invite the viewer to recognize the different sides of these stories, including the pain but, most of all, the person's spirit and perseverance. This photograph captures Eloise, undergoing chemotherapy through the pandemic, on the Ancestral and Unceded Lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, 2020.


Editioned print of 8 x 10 tintype photograph, unframed


25" x 20"

About the Artist

Kali Spitzer is a queer photographer living on the traditional unceded lands of the Tsleil-Waututh, Skxwú7mesh, and Musqueam peoples. Kali’s work embraces the stories of contemporary queer and trans bodies and BIPOC, creating representation that is self-determined. Kali’s collaborative process is informed by the desire to rewrite the visual histories of Indigenous bodies beyond a colonial lens. Kali is Kaska Dena from Daylu (Lower Post, British Columbia) on her father’s side and Jewish from Transylvania, Romania, on her mother’s side. Kali’s heritage deeply influences her work as she focuses on cultural revitalization through her art, whether in the medium of photography, ceramics, tanning hides, or hunting. Her work includes portraits, figure studies, and photographs of her people, ceremonies, and culture.