Artists Profile

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Fiona is an artist working in Melbourne, with an extensive exhibition practice over more than thirty years. Fiona gained a PhD in Visual Art from Australia's Monash University in 2013. Awards include the City of Hobart Art Prize in 2005 and a Yerring Sculpture Award in 2004. A survey exhibition of Fiona's ceramic sculpture was held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1991.  International exhibitions include SOFA Chicago 2000/2001. Public collections include: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Bank Australia, Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Private collections are held in Asia, Europe and USA.

Making art about the environment honours the natural world. Fiona's 'other' world sculpture express movements, growth processes and cycles underlying nature. 'Base Processes' within both the ocean and land are increasingly impacted by human activities. Reef Lab (2013) is a large installation that expresses growth processes gone awry in a fragile ocean reef. These are expressed mostly in terms of their motions rather than their stationary appearance. Personal underwater observations inspire this installation.  Melt (2013) is a mini-installation that evokes global warming processes through fragmented iceberg-like sculptures. Her studio materials and hand-forming processes express the physicality of the natural world: earth, water, fire and air.

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