Writer and comics artist working in Meat Market

Eloise Grills is a Footscray-based writer, artist and editor, who intertwines illustrations, memoir and photography to create compelling and intimate graphic narratives.

She has been published widely, in IBIS House, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, Overland, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, VICE, AntiTHESIS, LOR, 4:3, Filmme Fatales, Scum, CHART, The Suburban Review, The Spinoff, and The Age. She uses Patreon to share comics, illustrations, poetry and other art with her audience. She is the memoir editor for Scum Magazine.

She has performed, spoken on panels and run workshops at White Night, Girls Write Up, EWF and NYWF. An ardent zine-maker, she has tabled at Sticky’s Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair, NGV Art Book Fair and Tonerpalooza. 

In 2016-17, she wrote and illustrated a popular column for Scum Magazine, “Diary of a Post-Teenage Girl”. In 2016 she also received a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship. 

In 2015, Eloise was selected to participate in MIFF’s Critics Campus. While completing her Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing at the University of Melbourne, she coedited its postgraduate journal, AntiTHESIS. Forthcoming publications include a chapbook through Melbourne’s Glom Press, as well as publications through The Suburban Review, Reading Victoria, TEXT and Going Down Swinging. 

What attracted you to the space and what makes your studio suitable for your practice?

I am a writer and artist, whose work requires space, privacy, and time dedicated to drafting and research in order for it to flourish. Upon attending the walkthrough I was instantly attracted to this space: the leafy surrounds, the high ceilings, the rich historical background and the extensive amenities in the studio. 

Having access to such a space allows me to be fully immersed in my creative process. Being able to close the door and to be outside my home environment, in a space designated for my work is vital to the expansion of my practice. 

My practice as a writer and a visual artist is simple and does not require much: just a quiet room, a desk and a place to put images that inspire me. The space at the Meat Markets is sustainable for me at this emerging stage of my career. I will use this space to work on my illustration and writing projects, including developing my first graphic noveI.

I appreciate that the space supports a devoted and diverse artistic community and look forward to engaging with this community.