Eleanor Tomlinson

I was born in Bryn Mawr, PA, but raised in Washington, D.C., where I received a comprehensive education in film photography, a medium that continues to influence my practice. Currently, my practice is primarily a sculptural one with a focus in assemblage. Still, I trespass through many mediums, often incorporating video, photography, and drawing into each piece. My work focuses on the relationship between object, affect, and memory – I find and fabricate recognizable objects that summon some a sense of place, whether domestic or industrial, real or imagined. Banal objects are often activated by motors, bringing them into the uncanny space of the kinetic. Color abounds, and a material tactility creates a relationship in which touching, smelling, and listening are as important as seeing. Most recently, I received an MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. There, I taught courses that focused on sculpture, photography, and digital fabrication, and I assisted in courses and making-spaces that taught woodworking, sculpture, and digital fabrication.