“I am interested in universal life forms, commonalities from micro to macro, transformation and nature’s cyclical persistence. Materiality and process are central to my practice. My work is primarily hand-made using labour-intensive building processes such as wrapping, weaving and layering – forms of 3d mark-making. I am currently exploring connections between line and energy, weaving drawings in space, hybrids that extend line from plane as 3d form, blurring boundaries between sculpture, drawing and installation.
I work with a range of materials – mainly found and reclaimed – such as metals, glass, wax, wood, paper, fabric and plastic. Environmental concerns are important to me. My 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.
In addition to my art practice, I run community art projects and teach art. In 2015 I led an Arts Council-funded project step in stone, involving artscapes in Somerset quarries with fourteen international artists and in 2016 I created a woven canopy for Sarah Eberle’s gold and best artisan garden, RHS 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. I am currently studying for an MFA at Bath Spa University.”
You can see some of Fiona’s work at her website: www.fionacampbellart.co.uk.
In 2018, the Cotswold Sculpture Park is exhibiting a total of four pieces by Fiona. They are:
‘Verticals (I, II, III)’ – reclaimed steel, copper and enamelled wire, and nitrate.
£1480 set of 3, or singly £385 – I, £485 – II, £685 – III
This work relates to my interest in organic primal structures and the essence of life; the upward motion of growth, hope, energy, endurance. It is inspired by lichen, a precious though hardy symbiotic fusion of algae and fungus, which grows best in pure air and is used in our assessment of environmental pollution. I see lichen as a symbol of nature re-possessing man’s material world. These forms are vaguely anthropomorphic, conversing together.
Chameleon – reclaimed steel, copper and enamelled wire, bottle tops and buttons
The chameleon is one of my favourite creatures, having seen many in Africa, where I was brought up. This piece was originally created for a Sculpture Trail at Stourhead National Trust Estate – ‘Beyond the Garden Gate 2011’ with the Scraptors. It sat on a large fallen tree overlooking the lake. The skeletal structure is made from scrap steel components, welded together. I thought the decoration of it would be a great community project, so I ran a drop-in workshop ‘Karma Chameleon’ at the Larmer Tree Festival that summer, in which participants helped me decorate the steel structure with recycled bottle tops and buttons, later shown as a site artwork. ‘Chameleon’ has travelled to several venues around the South since.