Eloise Dethier-Eaton

Both the medium of screen printing and the use of patterns are often associated with systematic industrial processes due to their ability to produce repetition in multiples and with speed. Whilst embracing these attributes, Eloise Dethier-Eaton designs also rely on a slow process as they are intricately constructed with delicate lines, drawn entirely by hand, sometimes enhanced with watercolour. This allows her to create unique prints from multiples.

Dethier-Eaton’s practice draws upon the decorative and ornamental to reflect on the ways humans' perceive, interact with and relate to the natural world, and our will to impose structure on a world that doesn't necessarily comply with our understanding of order.

Thus the grid is often used as a base structure for my compositions, before its geometry and symmetry unravel as organic forms take over. This suggests a constant push and pull between the elements of 'nature' and 'culture', between the biological and the technological, as each one attempts to reassert itself over the other.

Increasingly, combining pattern and analogy has become a way for her to visually map out the inherent interconnectedness of all things, questioning the validity of our construct of culture as independent from nature.