Born in Nebraska, USA, Edell lived and worked in the village of Bayswater near Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the 1970s she worked in Winnipeg as an animator and printmaker and her award winning work was screened at a number of international film festivals.

When Edell moved to Halifax in 1980, the focus of her art practice changed dramatically, from the community of the film world to the comparatively solitary life of the visual artist. She discovered the traditional domestic craft of rug hooking and its narrative possibilities. Edell's work has a dream like quality with art historical references, sensuality, journeys and wit. Her early interest infilm animation and printmaking has had a lasting impact on her later larger more complex multimedia work. Hooked rugs are often fully incorporated into her overall works with painting and carving running seamlessly into the textured surfaces of the mats. Edell's work draws us in and invites us to dream along with the artist.

Edell has taught in many of Canada's colleges and universities, most recently at NSCAD University in Halifax. She has received numerous Canada Council Grants and her work is in the permanent collection of The National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and many other Canadian art galleries.

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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
20th Century
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