"A knowing response to earth, a reconnection to self and a connection to others through creativity."
CULTIVATE is a response to Fiona’s recent journey to the USA to study at Penland School of Craft. It is a body of work, expressive in nature, including small and large figurative and portrait sculpture, large vessels and ceramic installations incorporating the use of natural found objects.
The work embodies deep personal narrative around issues of life and death, loss, reconnection, rebirth and personal identity, igniting a personal and authentic response to the collective themes of awakening from the unconscious human experience. There are also strong themes referencing earth and materials used in the ceramic process.
This body of work freely and openly explores the processes of what it is to be human: the dark and the light, the traumatic and the healed, the introspective and the retrospective. The work aims to convey belief in the value of self-exploration and personal resolution, both individually and collectively. It hopes to portray a message that we are joined by our processes, although we may experience them in unique and individual ways.
Old Ambulance Station Gallery Nambour.
After many years of working in trauma related holistic environments, Fiona acknowledges the human impulse to attempt to both make sense of and heal personal wounds and to realise the power of their transformative ability if the space is held for deep exploration. The 2020 pandemic has pushed the universal themes of reality as we know it, and Fiona believes, offers us an opportunity for deep reflection and personal enquiry. The work is always self-reflective and of an introspective nature.
It is Fiona’s intent to provide a safe space for us to reflect upon our own responses to enable us to develop a deep compassion for not only our own communities, but for humanity as a whole. The universal symbolism and strong narrative in her work invites the viewer to connect and reflect with the work, allowing authentic response and the potential for personal insight and understanding.
Prerequisites required; Ceramic Glazing 101 & Wheel Throw workshop must be completed.
Commence anytime based on availability, however, there is a waiting list for this class.
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