Eli Backer (b. 1992, Seattle) is an artist, composer, and engineer. Her practice is not media specific, carrying threads of memory, loss, and community across sculpture, design, photography, glass, printmaking, film, textiles, ceramics, metal, and music. She is driven by the people and machines she surrounds herself with, and is interested in the communities they form, even when just between two people. Constantly creating visual and audio records of life around her, these run through or parallel to her work, lifting the everyday past solely formal and experiential. A practicing DJ of 15 years, Backer’s sets balance past and present, capturing musical friendships and memories, while creating common space and dialogue with the crowd around her. On or off the dancefloor, her work offers peace, places of rest, escape, and safety. She fervently believes that sharing what is closest to her heart allows others to feel less alone in their struggles.