Born and raised in Kenya, Fiona graduated from the Byam Shaw School of Art, London (’87) with distinction, later gaining a PGCE at Exeter University. She has been developing her art over many years (drawings, paintings, mixed media work and sculptures), exhibiting widely throughout London and Southern England, with collections abroad. Following an Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London in 2009, Fiona won the 3d award for ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ – headed by David Shepherd’s Wildlife Foundation. Now living in Somerset, Fiona participates in Somerset Art Works events, runs projects and workshops within schools and the wider community and works to private and public commission. Works include a large recycled steel and wire ‘Dragonfly emerging from Nymph’, sited at Carymoor Environmental Centre, Castle Cary and a giant 5 metre Spider, created as a public recycling project for Glastonbury Festival’s Greenfields ’10. This piece later gained acclaim at the Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail ’10.
“My work focuses primarily on steel, copper and wire sculptures, often created out of recycled and found materials, based on organic forms in nature. I moved into steel and wire because of its capacity to produce strong linear structures, the starkness and contrast of steel against natural textures and the earthiness of rust as it ages. The wire adds a more delicate, colourful dimension. I am currently enjoying the process of exploring different possibilities with wire, such as layering, texture and transparency.”
Fiona’s Kenyan background often informs the essence of her work – vibrant, primal, organic forms in an apparent state of emergence, growth or metamorphosis. “I have always been intrigued by nests and the instinctive process of weaving these structures. Sculptural forms of cocoons and anthills are awesome; insects, generally, fascinate me with their bulbous, solid structures on spiky pincer-pointed legs. I am interested in the vitality of life – the essence of it.”