Hi I’m Elaine, an Artist and Wildlife Biologist from Scotland. My curiosity of the complex biological and physical phenomenon of the natural world has driven me to explore our living world through both art and science.
I love the connections between art, science and use of technology, to be able to see the world in different ways. I studied BA Fine Art and BSc Biology (Ecology) with integrated MSc Tropical Biodiversity at Edinburgh University.
I’m currently developing a long-term project exploring the application of 360 film-making techniques in the Okavango Delta, to help diverse communities around the world experience wildlife up-close and engage with the latest conservation issues.
As an artist I work to create installation, sculpture and immersive experiences that help to connect us with ourselves, as a part of nature. I’m fascinated by the notion that information extends beyond the reach of our human senses; the sensuous abilities of other animals and plants; and how we design technology to enhance our sensory capability.
I often use natural material such as glass, salt, crystal formations and seeds, to allow observation of the processes of time and mapping patterns of the natural world. I create environments and structures to manipulate formations in attempts to encapsulate the forces of nature.
I get inspiration through expeditions, biodiversity fieldwork, adventure sports, experiments, data, exploring outdoors and documenting through photography, film and drawing. I use 360 film for virtual reality (VR) experiences that transport the viewer to remote locations to engage with wild landscapes, diverse cultures and animals. In collaboration with Wild Immersion, I have exhibited immersive content in Paris, Los Angeles, at Burning Man and at home in Edinburgh
Fascinated by the power of satellite technology to enable the conservation of wildlife and natural habitat, I recently collaborated with RSPB to create art work commissioned as part of the Space and Satellite Artist residency, hosted by Design Informatics at the InSpace Gallery, University of Edinburgh
What I Do
- 360 VR Immersive Tech
- Wildlife Film/Photography
I founded Planet ReWild to help to connect us with ourselves, as a part of nature. I’m currently in a start-up accelerator with Geovation Scotland. developing Electrek Explorer, a mobile app for electric tourism in order to be a part of the solution towards a greener economy.
As a scientist I’ve conducted ecological surveys and undertaken fieldwork and species identification in a wide range of habitats including Central American savannahs, jungles in Belize, Serra de Tramuntana mountains, scrub forests in Mallorca and lochs and woodlands in Scotland. I also scuba dived to survey wildlife. Throughout my studies and research I’ve worked and trained with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. I’ve also trained in Tropical Biodiversity with the Royal Botanic Garden, obtaining a certificate in Botanical Fieldwork and obtained tropical collections for the Natural History Museum UK.
I love adventure sports, science expeditions, exploring the ocean, mountains and forests…pretty much anything outdoors! I also work as an adventure sports model.
Here are some links to my recent work:
RSPB & Bird Life International. Elaine Ford uses salt, data and art to study puffins and explore the interconnection of life in the ocean and the fragility of our ecosystems. https://community.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/b/biodiversity/posts/saltworks—creating-project-puffin-art
Scotsman: Space and Satellites Art Review : https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/art/where-art-and-science-collide-space-and-satellites-artist-residency-exhibition-edinburghs-inspace-2927641
Insider. Science & Technology. Geovation Scotland adds 4 starts ups to accelerator programme. https://www.insider.co.uk/news/geovation-scotland-adds-four-start-22254465
Saltworks Exhibition: https://inspace.ed.ac.uk/elaineford/
Dandelion seeds fly using ‘impossible’ method never before seen in nature. Nature Journal. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07084-8