My name is Leonora and I’m an artist. It’s only taken me about 39 years to say that out loud or, indeed, type it in a bio. Most people know me, professionally, as a designer of narratives around environmental and social innovation. You can explore that side of my work over at Elio Studio.

Here, meanwhile, I’m showcasing my growing portfolio of art projects. When I’m not wearing my ‘design storytelling’ hat, you can find me tinkering about in my studio creating what I, in my heart of hearts, find beautiful. Asking and answering my own questions, rather than other people’s, for a change.

The most radical nature of this activity is that it’s purely for my own pleasure and curiosity – these days I’m taking play seriously. After years of letting my head rule my heart, I’m now developing a balanced conversation between the two.

I’ll be delighted if my creations bring you pleasure as well. Limited edition prints of my work, are available to buy on this site. Look out for the pop up box that takes you through to the shop. Thanks for stopping by, and… enjoy!

My work

I’m a multi-media artist, working across drawing, photography, text, and sculpture. The thread running through my work loosely subscribes to a sense of ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ – that title of the celebrated Kundera book. I have always been fascinated by this excerpt from his novel about human frailty,

“The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground. But in love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man’s body. The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life’s most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?”

I explore the landscape of the human body, with all its weight and with all its lightness, while also exploring the form of the body within the natural landscape and the tensions, connections and divisions between the two.