Eloise Kirk is a Sydney based artist. Her work is interdisciplinary and primarily includes small-scale sculpture, distorted and found objects, collage, assemblage and taxidermy. Having completed her MFA at Sydney College of the Arts in 2013 and exhibited in various Sydney galleries, regionally and interstate, Kirk has also studied Animal Artistry and Taxidermy at the Oregon Taxidermy Institute.
Kirk’s practice distorts and collapses cultural histories and navigates potential relationships between the natural landscape and the human artefact. She works within the premise of the ‘constructed backdrop’, creating conversational and exploratory relationships between organic materials, artificial props, distorted objects and found images.
Kirk subtly subverts anachronistic images of the sublime, composing unexpected connections between nature, masculinity, exploration and exoticism. Her fragmented objects are both connected to and dislodged from their original context. When placed in relation to each other they function as placeless palimpsests that are sensitive to the idea that thought will embrace a geographical space in such a way that, regardless if it is real or fictional, this space becomes an artefact of the imagination, a product of human thought.