Eleanor Lakelin

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Eleanor Lakelin is a sculptor in wood. She works only with trees grown in Britain, felled due to decay. A deep knowledge and a passionate interest in the natural properties of wood result in forms that seem true to the spirit of the material and which encourage us to look at the complexities of nature with a new perspective. Her work is rooted in the rhythm of growth, the eroding power of the elements and the passing of time.

Eleanor’s work is exhibited internationally and is part of prestigious private and public collections, including the V&A, The National Museum, Norway and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, USA. A major commission from Reading Museum, supported by the CAS Rapid Response Fund in partnership with Frieze London, memorialises Oscar Wilde. The artist is the recipient of notable awards and commendations, including a QEST Scholarship in 2018; winner of the Bespoke Category of the British Wood Awards.

Eleanor is represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery.

“Material is transformed into objects that invite touch and reflection, reminding us of our elemental and emotional bond with wood and our relationship to the earth.”

Eleanor Lakelin


Eleanor uses a traditional woodworking lathe and centuries-old chisels and gouges alongside modern techniques and tools. Heavy, forceful hollowing of Horse Chestnut Burr gives way to sandblasting and fine and dextrous work cleaning up every fissure and contour. Pieces are bleached and scorched and tirelessly hand-worked to different lustres and an alabaster-like smoothness. The Time & Texture series are made from species of wood such as Sequoia - where wood grows at a different density during different times of the year. By sandblasting across the surface, the lighter wood can be blasted away – a kind of speeded-up erosion. By carving to different depths within the piece and then sandblasting through another layer, a moving, sinuous pattern is created which speaks of natural movement – of wind, sand, rhythm, flow and of time.


    • Winner of Turners’ Award 2011

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