Fiona Campbell MRSS
At the root of my work is the notion of interconnectedness throughout nature from micro to macro, life’s cyclical persistence and transformation. Treating line as object, my work blurs boundaries of sculpture, drawing, painting and installation.
More recently the work tackles environmental issues. Pressing concerns about human exploitation of nature and over-consumption inform the content, taking my work into the realm of artivism. Rooted in anti-consumerism, my use of recycled and found materials relates to the issue of waste - our relationship with matter, nature, and ourselves.
Materiality and process are central to my practice. The work is hand-made and labour-intensive - the action of making often intuitive, time-consuming and repetitive. I transform materials in a ‘make and do’ fashion, with an anti-hierarchical approach.
Within my practice, there is an element of social engagement. I have curated large-scale art projects, collaborating with artists and wider community. I run workshops and participate in residencies.
Raised in Kenya, I live and work in Somerset, exhibiting in UK and abroad. I gained an MFA (distinction), Bath Spa University, ’18; selected for Ingruttati Palermo, Manifesta12 and won an RSS Gilbert Bayes Award ’19. In 2015 I curated and featured in ACE-funded step in stone - artscapes in Mendip quarries linking culture and environment. Last year I co-curated B-Wing an ACE-funded project in Shepton Mallet Prison with 8 artists/writers. Residencies include Offenders, Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge and Green Capital Artist Residency, Bristol ’12. I have a PGCE and 28 years’ experience working with community.