Eleanor Crook is a sculptor who lives and works between the UK and a number of international medical museum collections. Originally trained in classics and archaeology, she retrained in sculpture at Central St Martins and the Royal Academy Schools in the 90s, where she specialised from the outset in the possibilities of the figure and of anatomy, studying the body from an aesthetic and a medical viewpoint in parallel, working from both the living figure and (as a medical artist) in the dissecting room. She is artist-in-residence at King’s College’s Gordon Museum of Pathology and at the Vrolik Museum in Amsterdam. Her material specialism is the lifelike and morbid handling of waxes, which has led to an interest in bronze, which she enjoys as an immortal yet liquid medium.
Artist interviews – new art for Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries
This article brings artistic and curatorial voices to reflect on the meaning of four major new art commissions in Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries. Curator of Art Collections, Katy Barrett, talks with artists Eleanor Crook, Marc Quinn, and Studio Roso.