Henry Martin: What, if any, responsibility, do you feel as an artist, in what way, or toward whom?
Eleanor Crow: To my grandmother, a C20th painter and potter, who gave up making and teaching art for marriage and family, quite late, in her thirties. I have been determined to pursue a career, first and foremost.
Henry Martin: What does it mean to change?
Eleanor Crow: Being responsive to things, people, ideas, circumstances.
Henry Martin: What is your favourite art work?
Eleanor Crow: Probably something by Hammershøi, at the moment. Those beautiful quiet interiors, looking at the fall of light through gridded windows.
Henry Martin: Should an artist be in the world, looking out, or outside the world, looking in?
Eleanor Crow: An artist should just be looking.
Henry Martin: Does your work come from the head or the heart?
Eleanor Crow: The hand!
Henry Martin: If you could meet one other artist who would it be (living or dead)?
Eleanor Crow: There are so many. I’m interested in painting, architecture, design, typography, textiles, theatre design, ceramics, printmaking, photography. I’d have liked to have met Saul Leiter, but also Rembrandt, Sara de Swart but also Enid Marx, Eric Ravilious but also Agnes Martin…
Henry Martin: What is the greatest challenge you face as an artist?
Eleanor Crow: Life interruptions!
Henry Martin: What is inspiration? How do you find it?
Eleanor Crow: In things around me, in things that visually surprise me, in colour, in changing light.
Henry Martin: What does the word gender mean to you within your practice?
Eleanor Crow: I am lucky that gender has never been an issue for me in this regard. I never doubted that equality in creative work was possible in our lifetime, and I hope that this may continue to be the case. It has been hard-won by others that came before us.
Henry Martin: Who do you admire, and why?
Eleanor Crow: Artists and designers who work with a quiet conviction about what they are doing.
Henry Martin: What is art?
Eleanor Crow: I’m not sure I can articulate this better than many before me!
Henry Martin: Agnes Martin said, “We think we are very mundane, but we are all capable of fugues.” Respond.
Eleanor Crow: In contrasting the mundane and the fugue, I would take the musical interpretation of fugues and their complexities. We all produce work in which we explore and develop phrases and melodies, which are taken up by others. I’m interested in themes and repetitions, in hidden patterns and multiples.
(Main picture) Title: The Wasteland. Date: 2015. Format/Materials: Image: Watercolour, acrylic, inks, chalks. Design: InDesign. Dimensions: B format hardback jacket. Picture Credit: Design and artwork by Eleanor Crow.
Title: Shopfront illustrations (a selection from 100 shopfronts). Date: 2016. Format/Materials: Watercolour. Dimensions: n/a. Picture Credit: Illustrations by Eleanor Crow