Eleanor Cunningham is a recent MA Fine Arts graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design as well as a fine artist working with photography and mixed media based in London.
Eleanor’s work is based upon the application of traditional and new technologies in relation to photography. As a medium that is constantly ever-changing, especially with its digital technologies, Eleanor is interested in the future and outcome of photography as a medium and art form. Her work focuses predominantly on the physicality of photography – The loss of it, as a result of recent digital culture. In creating her work, she explores how the content of her imagery determines this loss of physicality, as well as new ways in which to present it beyond the physical print.
Eleanor explains that she does not have full control in her development processes, which leaves way for mistakes and error – But she further goes on to explain that, “this element is important, as it leaves traces within the image (such as dust marks and scratches) that brings it closer and seems more real to us – as we ourselves have imperfections.” The artist’s use of manipulation, as well – whether by heat, coloured dyes, changes in emulsion or medium – transports the viewer into an alternative universe, retracing and re-analyzing objects and places in ways that were otherwise unbeknownst to them.
There is definitely something utterly moving and captivating about this artist’s work, and I don’t doubt any successes that are there for her in the near future.
To find out more about Eleanor’s work, visit her website – www.cunningart.co.uk
(All images courtesy of Eleanor Cunningham)