A Happy Medium
Artist in Residence
24 June - 23 July 2017
Elöise has been based at the Sayle Gallery since August 2016 in the Position of Artist in Residence. In this time she has been developing her post-graduate practice, working towards producing an exhibition to showcase the work she has undertaken during her year as Resident.
Eloise graduated from Staffordshire University in June 2016, where she studied for BA Hons in Stop Motion Animation and Puppet Making. However, her journey into traditional animation began at the University College Isle of Man (known at the time as the Isle of Man College), where she studied on the Art Foundation course.
Eloise recognises the support and inspiration given by her Manx tutors in the early stages of her studies. In particular, she is grateful to Victoria Blackburn at QE11 High School and Kathryn Scarlett at the Isle of Man College. It was the support and guidance of tutors such as these who helped Eloise discover which creative path was best suited to her.
Whilst studying for her degree, Eloise was afforded the time to experiment and develop her skills in both illustration and animation, bringing the two practices together in her work. In the production of her graduate film, Misophonia, Elöise used a method of stop motion animation using 2D painting in oils on glass. The resulting film was shortlisted for the Best Independent Film Award at the 2016 Isle of Man Film Festival.
Unfortunately, during her first year at university, Elöise found herself struggling and was diagnosed with depression and an ongoing anxiety disorder, that unbeknownst to her, had been affecting her since as young as 5 years old. This has informed her Residency project, for which Elöise decided to work on a new film which would explore the connections between personal creativity and mental wellbeing.
“It was a rough time, to say the least, especially being so far from home. But it was art, along with the support of my loved ones that got me through it. I struggled with insomnia which meant a lot of time spent alone with my thoughts, but I managed to keep creating throughout; working until the sun came up on designs for my university work and immersing myself in life drawing sessions with my headphones on. It meant that I was able to get out of my head for a few hours, doing something that I’ve always loved, and it was one of the few things that I didn’t lose whilst going through those issues. Stepping into the worlds of my creation meant being able to leave the reality I was dealing with for a short time each night. I want to share that experience with the Manx public to show that there are ways to give yourself that much-needed escape.”
This exhibition marks Elöise's first solo showing since graduating from university and will feature work from throughout her year as Resident, as well as a selection of work from previous projects.
A Happy Medium is presented with support from The Isle of Man Arts Council, Colebourn, Typhoon House, and Luminaires. The exhibition will be open to the public at the Sayle Gallery from 24 June - 23 July 2017.