Eleanor MacFarlane About
My Moving Image is non-narrative, poetic and abstract. My subjects are generated by scientific and optical ideas, by way of a philosophical translation into form. So the meaning of my works can be traced back to universal truths concerning light and shade, or the pull of magnetism and how that is akin to psychological tendencies. I never came across a scientific theory or astronomical fact that I couldn't relate directly to my own thinking, or the human experience. It is as if the Universe is a model of the internal experience, subject to laws, some of which we can comprehend. My work is a quest to translate such nebulous ideas into form.
My practice is also informed by years of photographic experimentation. I have a highly developed aesthetic style, and create images without computer manipulation, tricking the camera into revealing layers of reality. I have an inventive, low-tech approach to work, striving for simple ways to show layers of complexity and paradox. In many ways I see my videos as multi-faceted photographs, or photographs which exist in time rather than on paper.
I am an artist making and exhibiting Moving Image and Art Contraptions. I also review and write about books, exhibitions and culture. I have a First-class degree in Fine Art from Middlesex (2006) and am currently completing an MA in Fine Art. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, currently living and working in London, I originally trained in classical music. Using video, drawing, music/sound and low-tech construction, my work distills abstract and scientific notions into beautiful insights. In 2011 I launched theViewergallery pop-up for artist projects and Moving Image screenings.
I have been an Artistic Assessor in Visual Arts for the Arts Council, writing reports on the artistic quality of exhibitions in Moving Image, Film/Video, New Media and Photography. An occasional Fine Art tutor, I am also an Arts Mentor for the Koestler Trust, mentoring artist exoffenders.