another fed up art student A.K.A Eleanor Toft (she/her)
My art practice seeks to mitigate my deep uneasiness with being an artist. I cringe therefore, as I write this Artist’s Statement. I perform the role of an artist, and badly. How long can I keep up the charade?
I create little ink drawings with a battered calligraphy pen and a single nib. I take inspiration from cartoons, comics and absurdist comedy. Sometimes the drawings are rude, sometimes they are witty, but they are always free therapy. I use humour and satire in my work to mask my festering imposter syndrome. The ink is a conduit for me to purge the self-doubt, pessimism and scepticism that lies inside onto the page, and out of my head. I am the fly; the ink is my ointment. I also slab and coil build semi-functional pottery. The medium of ceramics is prescriptive – there are technical rules that must be adhered to. I find solace in the structure and science. The pressure to be perfect eases (slightly).
art adjacent works from a woman on the edge
brINK! is a limited edition anthology publication of my entire arsenal of ink drawings, as well as situational photography of my ceramic pieces. Perfect bound, 16.2cm x 21.5cm, 2021
If you would like to purchase a copy of brINK! please contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE BOOK
Somehow still interested? Experience brINK! below or click here to open this digital flipbook version of brINK! in a new tab.
The artist-as-individual terrifies me, but the artist-as-brand intrigues me. My opinion on the value of my work is a complicated mess, so why not poke the consumer bear for shits and giggles? I associate my work with teleshopping and tacky marketing aesthetics so that I might control the narrative of criticism. You can’t put me down if I put myself there first! I am always striving to find new ways to torture myself, and not shut up about it.
TELE-SOBBING is an interactive digital installation. Click the link below if you’ve got nowt better to do.