Said the Guests: Eleanor Meredith
by Sean
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Eleanor Meredith's work all but waved to me. I don't quite remember: perhaps it was a solitary mer-man, winking on his rock. Perhaps a mess of line & colour, like that dizzy moment just before you fall in love. She's an artist and illustrator who lives in Scotland and makes whimsy feel like something you could be serious about. Nothing makes me happier, she writes, than drawing people without them realising.

I asked her to choose two or three favourite songs, and make pictures for them. She did. We've had many artists share their work with us, but I'm not sure if any have captured the spirit of a song quite as precisely, quite as agilely, as Eleanor Meredith. These are three different images for three different songs, and it's like each illustration was made by a different hand. And each - I swear to you, do listen, you'll see, - is perfectly suited. It's like the picture manifested the song, not the other way around.

Please leave Eleanor your comments, and visit her website to see, talk, buy more.

Bibio - "Marram"
Eleanor Meredith- "Swingball Otter" (click for full size) (buy Bibio albums)

Matmos - "For the Trees"
Eleanor Meredith - "For the Trees" (click for full size) (buy The Civil War)

Samoyed - "Making Snow"
Eleanor Meredith - "Making Snow" (click for full size) (more Samoyed)

[Eleanor Meredith lives and works in Edinburgh. I'd really like to know anyone's comments on the pictures, she writes. If anyone's interested in getting hold of some work, do email me. I should have prints for sale from my website soon, and have shows in the pipeline for the summer, so watch that newspage...]

(Previous guest-blogs: artist Keith Greiman, artist Matthew Feyld, The Weakerthans, Parenthetical Girls, artist Daria Tessler, Clem Snide, Marcello Carlin, Beirut, Jonathan Lethem, Will Butler (Arcade Fire), Al Kratina, Eugene Mirman, artist Dave Bailey, Agent Simple, artist Keith Andrew Shore, Owen Ashworth (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), artist Kit Malo with Alden Penner (The Unicorns) 1 2, artist Rachell Sumpter, artist Katy Horan 1 2, David Barclay (The Diskettes), artist Drew Heffron, Carl Wilson, artist Tim Moore, Michael Nau (Page France), Devin Davis, Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear), Hello Saferide, Damon Krukowski (Damon & Naomi), Brian Michael Roff, Howard Bilerman (producer: Silver Mt. Zion, Arcade Fire, etc.). There are many more to come.)

Posted by Sean at February 28, 2007 8:54 AM

Holy God, Sean, you're right.

"Making Snow" reminds me of the cover of a Pearl S. Buck paperback I used to have.

Posted by Mark at February 28, 2007 3:48 PM

Lovely illustrations and song picks and they do sound great together (as a matter of fact I think I'm using those illustrations for the mp3's tags as if it were their original album covers)

Fine guest, as usual.

Posted by Moka at March 1, 2007 2:27 PM

eleanor. your art is a chair in a toddler's classroom, state mandated and unusual and powerful in its smallness. it could be easy to trip over, and hope you do because the pain in your shin will help you value the absurdity and beauty in a chair that is knee-height.

your use of white space i like very much, particularly the squares of netting in 'otter', the empty checker holes in 'trees', and even more particularly the distance between action and thicker right border in 'snow'.

thank you for making me these very much.

Posted by colin at March 2, 2007 12:28 PM

For the trees is just fantastic

Posted by Matt at March 2, 2007 4:52 PM

Hi, Eleanor, I usually save my music listening to the blog for a Saturday night treat. Your whimsical drawings matched the music to perfection. I don't know if I got more out of the music because of the drawings or more out of the drawings because of the music! Each pair took me to a different place. Thanks!

Posted by Moominmamma at March 3, 2007 11:24 PM

'Swingball Otter' should be on my wall.

Posted by Savannah at March 5, 2007 6:55 PM

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