Eleanor Lakelin

2018 QEST Turners’ Company Scholar - Woodturning & Sculpture

Eleanor creates sculptural objects in British timbers using a traditional lathe, chisels and modern techniques. ​Her deep knowledge of the natural properties of wood results in forms that encourage us to look at the complexities of nature with a new perspective.

Eleanor’s​ work is exhibited internationally and included in prestigious ​collections​ including Museum of London and ​The Mint Museum, USA​​. ​Nicholas Somers of The Worshipful Company of Turners considers her to be one of the country’s most exciting contemporary artists in wood.

The QEST Turners’ Company Scholarship supported Eleanor’s ambition to develop larger scale forms. Eleanor was invited to the US to meet seminal artist Ursula Von Rydingsvard and sculptor Mark Lindquist, to explore the creative and technical challenges of her ideas. She also completed a course at the Art Academy in London to experiment with methods for figurative and abstract sculpture at scale.

I peel back bark to reveal the organic chaos that can exist in the material itself and build up layers of texture through carving and sandblasting. I use the vessel form and surface pattern to explore the layers and fissures between creation and decay and the erosion of nature.