Eliza Hopewell is an artist working primarily with ceramics, painting on plates to create whimsical and witty artworks. At the core of her practice is an unapologetic representation of women: often naked, hairy, and riotously enjoying themselves.
Her colourful and subversive plates reverse the traditional imagery associated with the medium as plates painting became popular amongst women in the late 19th century for its unassuming nature and domesticity. Through her sardonic illustration she explores notions of identity, gender politics, feminism, and consumerism.
Eliza cites as her main influence the joyous work of Henri Matisse, whose own practice often features nude females in domestic settings.
Eliza Hopewell (b.1994) holds a BA in Painting & Printmaking from The Glasgow School of Art (2016). Her work was recently on display at: AWOMANfest, London (2018); and East Of Elsewhere Gallery, Berlin (2018).
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? Jonathan Richman.
Which work of art you wished you owned? “The Ham” by Édouard Manet.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? Cigarettes.
Describe your studio in three words: Good sex spot.
Do you collect anything? Books of poetry.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? Bob Dylan, Jonathan Richman, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, PJ Harvey, Van Morrison, Nina Simone, Fela Kuti, Bill Callahan, Leonard Cohen…