Fiona Curran

Fiona Curran

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

 Fiona Curran's paintings and assemblages present landscapes that are broken down into views on the one hand and their physical/material presence on the other. Images and objects – painted, found, handmade and fabricated – sit alongside one another in differing modes of display that explore the notion of the original and the copy, the natural and the artificial, the real and the imagined and the role of technology in mediating between these positions. Paintings break away from their frames and existing works are re-placed and dis-located through new configurations and assemblages of value. Splinters of the natural world appear in hardwoods, rocks, minerals and animal skins, alongside plastics, fabrics, hand-stitched fragments and found images. Paintings engage with unseen but sensed geographies through the use of pattern and repetition exploring notions of landscape space and landscape time, once measured through the impact of natural cycles and planetary shifts, now equally measured through digital time and the migratory flows of transnational capital. This results in new forms of framing and enclosure and the turbulence of a permanently uncertain environment where materials are in flux. 

Fiona read Philosophy at the University of Manchester (1992-1995) followed by a further BA(Hons) and MA at Manchester School of Art (1996-2001). Fiona is a Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art and is currently researching for a PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art. This PhD research project considers the role of visual art practices since the 1960s in relation to the environmental impact of new technologies and anthropogenic climate change.

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Location London
Activities Lecturing, Practice-based research, Private commissions, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Environment, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Research
Tags Environment, ecology, assemblage, landscape, geography, materiality, tactile, Painting, Textiles, installation