Raised in Kenya, Fiona now lives and works in Somerset. She graduated with distinction in Fine Art, Sculpture from the Byam Shaw School of Art, London, later gaining a PGCE at Exeter University. Interested in the natural world, its cyclical persistence and interconnectedness, Fiona creates mixed media sculptures often wrought as nest-like structures echoing universal primal forms in an apparent state of emergence, growth or metamorphosis. She works in a linear way, constructing drawings in space. Instinctive building processes such as wrapping, weaving and layering become a form of 3d mark making. The raw energy, longevity and varied patinas of steel, copper and wire have an interesting connection with other found and recycled materials. Fiona likes the concept of reusing things, giving them a rebirth and the playfulness of creating forms from given shapes.
Alongside her practice as an artist, Fiona teaches art and runs community projects. Awards include the Environmental award for Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL ’15, Atkinson Gallery Summer Show ’11 prize and 3d award for David Shepherd’s Wildlife Artist of the Year ‘09, London. She was highly commended for her work as Green Capital Artist for Bristol’s Big Green Week ’12, involved exhibitions at the Create Centre, Arnolfini and sculptures floated in the harbour. In 2013 Fiona was commissioned by Somerset Art Works & National Garden Scheme to create site-specific artworks for the Abundance Garden Trail. As a former co-founding member, Fiona installed a sculpture trail with the Scraptors group at Stourhead National Trust Estate (’11) and Magdalen Project (’13). In 2015 she curated, managed and commissioned a successful Arts Council-funded project ‘step in stone’, in Somerset quarries making site-specific art with fourteen international artists. This year Fiona created the woven canopy for Sarah Eberle’s gold and best artisan award-winning Mekong Garden, Chelsea Flower Show.
Fiona is the East Mendip Rep for Somerset Art Works and a trustee of Black Swan Arts.