introducing: eloise rankine
If you have been following along with the elph store story, you will already be familiar with Eloise. She is one of our co-founders, artist in residence and ceramics teacher at elph store, shopkeeper and writer of this journal. She is also the maker of elph ceramics and her own eponymous line of porcelain artworks.
Eloise’s art practice ranges from functional vessels through to ceramic installations. She is interested in the boundaries between function and non-function, the blurring of the lines between art, craft and design and looking at the role of perceived ‘failure’ in the process of learning and creating.
Her most recent vessels have focused on floral motifs inspired by her mother and grandmother. There is lavender from the memories of her childhood home, magnolias from the tree in her grandma's backyard and leaves inspired by her mother's range of indoor plants.
Each object is created by hand throwing on the wheel, a physically messy process that gives each piece a unique expressive quality. Eloise’s vessels become a canvas for mark making, which brings out the personality of a vessel with each surface approached individually.
Eloise studied Fine Arts with a major in ceramics at the National Art School graduating in 2014 and holds a Master of Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney graduating in 2019. Her work has been exhibited at Utopia Art Sydney (2014-2019), Sydney Contemporary (2015-2019), Glasshouse Port Macquarie (2016), Hurstville Museum & Gallery (2019) and she has been a finalist in a range of art prizes including the Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize (2018, 2019) and the Dobell Prize for Drawing at the Art Gallery of NSW (2011).