English woman, b. 1960
“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 layersand fissures between creation and decay and the erosion of nature.”
Eleanor Lakelin is a British artist, creating vessels and sculptural objects in wood. Her distinctive forms are created in response to the passage of time etched into the fibres of the material.
Brought up in a remote Welsh village, Eleanor taught English in Europe and West Africa. A renovation project rekindled her longstanding passion for wood and she retrained as a cabinet maker. For the last twenty years Eleanor has dedicated herself to her artistic practice and honed her skills through a series of masterclasses.
Eleanor explores her fascination with the natural properties of wood using a traditional woodworking lathe and centuries-old chisels and gouges alongside modern techniques and tools. Provenance is of particular importance and she only uses wood from trees felled in the British Isles and in particular Ash and Horse Chestnut Burr.
Eleanor’s work is exhibited internationally and included in prestigious private collections. She is the recipient of notable awards and commendations including a Wood Award 2017 (Bespoke category), Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize 2014 (nomination) and The Cockpit Arts / Worshipful Company of Turners Award 2011.
Eleanor is represented by select galleries including Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Taste Contemporary Craft, Flow Gallery, CAA (Contemporary Applied Arts) and The New Craftsmen.
She lives and works in London.