Etching, aquatint and thread on Japanese paper
54cm x 48cm

Eleanor Havsteen-Franklin

Eleanor Havsteen-Franklin (b. 1973 Ærø, Denmark) studied BA Fine Art (major) with Psychology, Chester University (1994-97), Pg. Dip Art Therapy, University of Hertfordshire (1997-99) and MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts, London (2005-07). Selected group exhibitions include: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2008-10, 2013-16), Group Exhibition, De Queeste Art, Abele, Belgium (2014) and 6th International Kyoto Hanga Print Exhibition, Kyoto City Art Museum, Japan (2012). Solo Exhibitions include ‘Inside Outside’, Watford Museum (2012), ‘Corpus’, The Pie Factory, Margate, (2013), Underskudsbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark (2016). Prizes include: First prize solo exhibition Pushing Print (2012), BITE, Mall Gallery (2012) and School of Creative Arts Prize, Eastern Approaches, Hertfordshire (2012, 2013). She lives and works near London.

Eleanor Havsteen-Franklin’s printmaking practice is concerned with exploring the boundaries of print. She uses traditional methods but at the same time encourages ‘foul biting’ and sews into the etching. The idea of the multiple print and creating different associations for the same image is examined by inking up the plate in different colours. By encouraging foul biting on the copper plate during the etching process, she explores the relationship between the random marks and the drawn lines. The etchings are deeply etched and the tactile nature of the print is evocative of the changing textures of ‘living’ surfaces such as plant physiology, growth and decay. The surface is explored further with the use of stitching into Japanese paper and the threads extending from the drawn lines. It brings with it associations relating to skin and different kinds of tissue and makes reference to artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith and Meret Oppenheim.

The prints are inspired by detailed drawing studies of plants, flowers, insects and other biological forms. These different drawn elements are then morphed together to create a novel object that is suggestive of bodily and organic forms, but has a life of its own.


You can see Eleanor Havsteen-Franklin's work at Gallery North

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