Eleanor Capstick is an artist asking how bureaucracy shapes our day to day lives. She looks for answers in puddles of sound, text and performance. From histories of land use and the neoliberal turn in conservation to broken choreography, she follows the feeling of being on the back foot when faced with pre-determined structures. A clutch of characters – from the Great Crested Newt to Cher and her poor copy – swim through these investigations. This cast emerges from collaborations with ecologists, weather forecasters, folk musicians and artists. Puppets and a traveling show form the container for this interdisciplinary research. Rules that map the surface of the work might slide down throats to be regurgitated as speech, or animate faces and limbs.
Pedagogy runs alongside Eleanor’s practice. She has led workshops and provided mentorship for art-science collaborations at the Oxford Art and Biodiversity Network. She runs writing groups wherever she goes.