Eleanor Pearce

Artist Statement

Working intuitively, ideas for art pieces come to me as images. I do not question them. The imperative is to make these visions manifest.

I trust my impulses. To be in a creative phase of working is like being in a dream. Images surface from the subconscious and I action them from there, with the tools at my disposal. I work with drawing, live art, video, photography and installation. The skills that I develop throughout my life allow me to articulate my work with more clarity at every stage.

The forms I depict in my work are flora, insect, animal and people. The work itself encapsulates a state of mind. The drawings embody the time spent and the energies and focus that I have given to them, through mark making around my subject. I draw from direct observation, from natural history illustrations and from photographs, but each drawing has something of myself. A photograph, video or performance can also capture a state. I usually work with a figure or character that will come to mind and I take every step to make it real for the camera or an audience, within the boundaries of the composition or the structure of the performance

The images I create can work on the level that symbol or icon operate. It is my aim that they will lodge with the viewer as they have lodged in my mind’s eye. I am drawn to subjects which are wide ranging in their appeal, everyone has a bee story, everyone has something to say about owls, everyone can relate to the human form, people can recognise themselves or a friend. I want everyone to be able to enjoy and engage with my work.

For me the artwork itself is the concrete form of something that ‘wills itself’ in to manifestation. I am the channel for this. It is a vocation.
Art is a ritual practice for me, my form of religious practice or magic making.
This mysterious, meaningful and powerful process helps me to transform and define outcomes through engaging with complexities at every stage.

The spaces where I show have a huge bearing on how the work is developed towards the exhibition and also how it is experienced by the viewer. I have exhibited in Heritage sites such as The Caledonian Park Clock Tower, London, Perrott’s Folly, Birmingham, St Pancras Church Crypt, London and shop spaces such as Floral Hall, London, Mishka Vintage, London and Coffee7, London.