Biography

Raised in Kenya, Fiona graduated from the Byam Shaw School of Art, London (Fine Art, Sculpture), later gaining a PGCE at Exeter University. She currently lives and works Somerset.

Fiona’s interests focus on universal life forms, the interconnections from micro to macro, nature’s cyclical persistence, matter, energy and transformation. Environmental concerns are important to her.  Fiona’s use of discarded materials relates to the issue of waste, utilising and giving them a new life. It belongs to a wider subject of our relationship with matter, nature, and ourselves.

Materiality and process are central to her practice.  Her work is primarily hand-made using labour-intensive building processes such as wrapping, weaving and layering – forms of 3d mark-making.  Fiona create hybrids that extend line from plane as 3d form, blurring boundaries between sculpture, drawing and installation.  She enjoys the alchemy of materials. Incongruous combinations such as hard, strong steel with fragile, translucent paper and wax set updynamic tensions.

In 2015, Fiona led an Arts Council-funded project, ‘step in stone’, involving artscapes in Somerset quarries with fourteen international artists and in 2016 she created a focal canopy for Sarah Eberle’s gold and best artisan Mekong Garden at Chelsea Flower Show.  Awards include the Environmental prize, Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail ’14; Atkinson Gallery Summer Show prize ’11; David Shepherd’s 3d Wildlife Artist of the Year ‘09; Fiona is currently studying for an MFA at Bath Spa University.

Selected Exhibitions and Public Commissions

2018   The Cotswold Sculpture Park, Cirencester; Continuum, Fringe Arts Bath; ABC Bath; Ocean Matters, Bristol Aquarium; Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Evolver Prize, ACE Arts, Somerton         

2017   Fresh Air, Quenington; The Future Can’t Wait, Black Swan Arts (BSA), Frome; Bradford-on-Avon Sculpture Garden; Fifty Bees: The Interconnectedness Of All Things, ACE Arts, Somerton; Summer Sculptures, Glastonbury Abbey; Evolver Prize, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Devon; MA Interim Show, Bath Spa University; Ephemeral & Eternal, BSA, Frome; BSA Open, Frome

2016   Commission RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Viking Cruises gold/best artisangarden; Hidden Garden Art Show/Chelsea Fringe, Maureen Michaelson Gallery, London; Commission bishop sculpture, Bishops Palace, Wells; step in stone, Salisbury Arts Centre; Secret Swans Trail, BSA, Frome; Somerset Open Studios; Outside In, Quartz Arts Festival, Taunton

2015   Hidden Garden Art Show, Maureen Michaelson Gallery, London; GROW London; Art Parks International Sculpture Show, Guernsey; Past, Present, Future,44AD, Bath; Time and Place, RUH, Bath; Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol

2014   Outdoor Solo/Of Form And Texture, Sidcot Arts Centre, Somerset; Voyages (Solo), Contains Art, Somerset; Hidden Garden Art Show/Chelsea Fringe, London; Art Parks International Sculpture Show, Guernsey; Glastonbury Abbey Summer Trail, Somerset; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail; The Hubcap As Art,Landfillart Exhibition, Museum of Shenandoah Valley, USA

2013   Sidcot Open, Somerset; The Birds and the Bees, Ginger Fig Gallery, Taunton; Art in the Gardens, Landhydrock NT Estate, Cornwall; All Wired Up, Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset; Delamore Arts, Devon; Artist on a Plinth, BSA, Frome; Showborough House Sculpture Exhibition, Gloucestershire; The Sculpture Park, Surrey; First-View Gallery, Stourhead; Salvage, Architecture Centre, Bristol; Sustainability Show, Taunton; Evolver Prize, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Devon; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail; Blurred Edges, Walcot Chapel Gallery, Bath

2012   Precious and Primal Solo, Bruton Museum; Reading Room, Arnolfini; The Sculpture Park, Surrey; BSA Open, Frome; Delamore Sculpture Garden, Devon; Sir Harold Hillier Art in the Garden, Hants; Bishop’s Palace Summer Exhibition, Wells; Rubbish Art Project, London; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail; Sculpture in the Gardens, Godinton, Kent; Quartz Arts Festival, Taunton; SMALL, BSA, Frome

2011   Winter Sculpture, RHS Rosemoor, Devon; Stoberry Park, Wells; Mystery and Mutability, Bridgwater Arts Centre; Showborough Sculpture Garden, Gloucestershire; Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail; Binham Grange Summer Show, Minehead; Quartz Arts Festival, Taunton

2010   Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon; Fire and Iron Gallery, Surrey; Air Gallery, Wells; Showborough Sculpture Garden, Gloucestershire; Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Devon; Nature, Octagon Gallery, Yeovil; Treading Lightly, Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail; Joyride, Hybrid Gallery, Honiton

2009   Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London; Sir Harold Hillier Art in the Garden, Hants; Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Devon; Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail; Animal, Mineral, Vegetable Solo, La Strada, Frome; Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon; Fire and Iron Gallery, Surrey; commission 7 sculptures, Dobbies Garden World, Somerset

2008   Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street; Beaks, Tails, Paws and Claws, Delamore Sculpture Garden, Devon; Khulla Dhoka, Royal Overseas League, London

1993   Merz Contemporary Art Gallery, London; Tobacco Art Gallery, London

1992   World Wildlife Fund Environmental Sculpture Exhibition, Millbank, London; South London Art Gallery, London; Art in the Park Essex; Gagliardi Gallery, London

1991   Doors of the Earth, Brighton

Community Projects and Residencies

2018   The Rubbish Art Project Sheep sculpture, Shepton Mallet; SAW Residency with PRU teenagers, Bridgwater & Taunton College; Walcot Chapel Residency, Bath; Inventory of Behaviours Project, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London; ‘Drawn to the Museum’, Holburne Museum, Bath

2015-16   Curated & managed Arts Council-funded project step in stone, artscapes in quarries, Somerset; BBC Get Creative, BSA, Frome

2014   Workshops, collaborative artwork & exhibition, Litterarti, Big Green Week, Bristol

2013   Workshops, site-specific artwork & exhibition, SAW/NGS Abundance Garden Trail, Somerset

2012   Green Capital Artist Residency, Big Green Week, Create Centre & Arnolfini, Bristol; Swans of Wells Artist-in-Residence, All Hallows Prep School, Somerset; collaborative artwork, Somerset Art Works Hip Hawker Project, Taunton

2011   Workshops and site sculpture, LarmerTree Festival, Dorset; community bat sculpture, Tamar Valley Centre, Cornwall; site-specific sculptures & family workshops, Stackpool Park, Kidderminster; touring workshops, Great Crane Project, Somerset; workshops & artwork, Beyond the Garden Gate sculpture trail, Stourhead NT Estate

2010   Led Intergenerational Sculpture Project & exhibition, Carymoor Environmental Centre, Castle Cary; community recycled Spider sculpture, Glastonbury Festival’s Green Fields

2009   Site-specific sculpture and related workshops, All Hallows Preparatory School, Somerset

1990-92   Artist-in-residence & Sculpture Technician, Kensington & Chelsea College and Westminster Adult Education Institute, London

Teaching & Workshops

2008-ongoing  Teacher of Art (p.t., extra curricular), All Hallows Preparatory School, Somerset

2007-ongoing  Workshop Leader, various adult, children and mixed groups throughout South West

2000-09   Teacher of Art, Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar, Somerset

1994-99   Teacher of Art, Churchill Community School, Churchill, Bristol

Awards

2014   Environmental Award, Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail

2012   Highly commended for Green Capital Residency, Bristol’s Big Green Week

2011   Prizewinner Atkinson Gallery Summer Show, Street

2009   3-d Winner of Wildlife Artist of the Year ’09 Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Education

2016-(ongoing)  MA Fine Art (p/t), Bath Spa University, UK

1994   Art PGCE, Secondary, Exeter University, Devon, UK

1987   Fine Art, Sculpture(distinction), Byam Shaw School of Art, London, UK

1981   Foundation Art (merit), West Sussex College of Art & Design, UK

Selected Films, Talks, Presentations & Publications

SoundBites Talk, Hauser & Wirth Somerset; ‘Art from Scrap’ Talk, Ocean Matters, Bristol Aquarium; Sunday Telegraph May ’16; Frustrated GardenerMay ’16;step in stonefilm& catalogue ‘15; Of Form And TextureExhibition ’14;Common ThreadsIgnite Somerset ’13; Scraptors at Stourhead2011; SAW Presentation; Abundance Art in the Garden ’13; Landfillart – 1041 Hubcaps as Art; Summers Place/Sotheby’s catalogue ’12; Spaeda Featured Artist ’10; BBC website ’10; Somerset Life Featured Artist ’09; Gagliardi’s British ContemporaryArt ’91

Voluntary posts & Group Memberships

Trustee of Black Swan Arts, Frome ’14-‘17; Somerset Art Works Rep; Mendip Creatives, BANA, SPAEDA