TRAINING: Fiona's training includes a Fine Art Higher National Diploma from Bucks and Chilterns' University and shorter courses including painting at the Slade and figure sculpture at the Art Academy, London; she also has a LLB Honours (Law degree) and a post graduate diploma in socio-legal studies.
Her mixed career reflects her long term commitment to social change and human rights: She has had the opportunity to work with many people in very challenging situations such as those within the criminal justice system, those who are homeless, people with addictions and victims of trauma. Her experience of working alongside such a variety of people over the years has influenced and motivated her art greatly.
STATEMENT: For an art work to mean something to the viewer it has to communicate in some way. My intention is to trigger something in people that stops them in their tracks and makes them think about the bigger picture in life. Human rights are often removed from peoples lives deftly, discreetly and in the name of the ‘greater good.’
The removal of human rights from women and children, particularly, concern me, partly because of it’s global sweep and the complex construct of ‘denial’ that surrounds it, secondly because it is the training ground for abuse of power beyond the family. Even the wealthiest, most developed countries have gaping blind spots on sexism and it’s corrosive effects.*
My art practice frequently combines both conceptual and representational approaches and I constantly seek new ways to express and explore complex ideas such as the abuse of power in relationships and more broadly within cultures. My work is deeply bound to life experience.
* For example: Following 30 years of legislation in the UK, still, there has been no successful prosecution of an abuser who inflicts Female Genital Mutilation on a child. What better way to tell a child she is worthless and that her lone voice counts for nothing? What better way to keep the future woman down, ‘to keep her in her place’? What better way to ensure obedience than to castrate and humiliate her? Go to FGM page.