Immersive sound and visceral elements informed by Elinor Rowlands’ synaesthesia is what drives her to create emotionally compelling sound art, poetic soundscapes and highly expressive paintings.
Her art projects are dreamlike and meditative layered spaces created in fast paced action and gestures, mainly by her hands. She attends to her practice as if conducting an orchestra weaving words, mapping and feeling her way across surfaces to connect to the internal journey more directly. Elinor finds her inspiration in both the natural world and the urban environment. Her observations of people, nature, poetry, music and photography all contribute to her artwork which is an expression of emotions through these encounters.
Colour is the master stroke and can be vibrant and bold while the subtle blues and greens of the sea and sky recur in many of her paintings. She uses a variety of media, experimenting with acrylics, inks, oils, watercolours, oil pastels, bio-glitter and often combines these materials with cloth, lace or natural finds. Her pieces of art are inspired by her experiences and the way she sees and experiences people and places in different colours and sounds.
She builds up her paintings in layers but at the same time allows herself the freedom to transform and remains contemplative about her work long after it is complete. Her expression is on the one hand full of life and enthusiasm but also thoughtful and powerful, evocative of the life-experience of a Neurodivergent and Disabled woman artist.