Eleanor Thorp

Through site visits to specific landscapes, Eleanor explores how stones are displaced, abstracted, and rapidly altered through land degradation. She is interested in stones’ ability to adapt histories and human contact. Inspired by Persian miniatures, where rocks become amorphous and contain the faces of demons, she utilizes imagery embedded in the rock – figures, faces, symbols, numbers, letters, and words – to reflect on distortion and land depletion.

About the artist:

Eleanor Mahin Thorp is an artist currently living and working in Richmond, VA. Her work explores the animistic quality of stones through site visits and large scale pastel and mixed media drawings. She is currently a Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Fellow, a former finalist of the hopper prize and has attended residencies including Virginia Center of Creative Arts and Visual Art Center Richmond Studio Access Residency.


Rhyolite with topaz 


Mixed media


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