Fio is a feminist artist who studied art after a career in equalities in the voluntary sector, and as a parent and carer.
2004 Croydon College: BTEC Art Foundation course
2009 University of the Arts, London, Central Saint Martins College BA Fine Art
|May 2008||Uncommon Ground||at Islington Arts Factory|
|June 2009||Degree Show||at Central Saint Martins|
|June 2010||Dislocation||at Sprout Arts, Furzedown, London (solo)|
|June 2011||Birthmarks||at Sprout Arts, Furzedown, London (solo)|
|Jan/Feb 2012||Survive||Artists Connect Occupancy at Islington Arts Factory|
|May/June 2012||100 Artists 100 Meters||at Espacio Gallery|
|July 2012||Move||at Sprout Arts, Furzedown, London|
|January 2013||Fragments||at Espacio Gallery|
|February 2013||A Fine Line||at Lumen Gallery,Kings Cross,London|
|February 2013||A View from Here||at Espacio Gallery|
|August 2013||Summer Salon||at Islington Arts Factory|
|October 2013||Wandsworth Artists Open House (solo)|
|February 2014||Faites vos Jeux||at Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch
|April 2014||Material Matters||at Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch
June to August 2014
at Putney Arts Theatre
|October 2014||Wandsworth Artists Open House|
|March 2015||FGM||at Red Gallery, Shoreditch|
|June to August 2015||
at Putney Arts Theatre
|January 2016||Homunculus||at Asylum Gallery, Peckham|
I love the quirky and the random. I go around the world experiencing the harmony and shock of combinations and contrasts: of forms and materials, of scale; of made by nature and made by humans. Nature is important, swimming in cold water is vital. Visual and full body experiences are translated into predominantly 3D pieces.
So there is passion in my work. I work individually or with others in my local community. I sculpt wood and layer tissue paper; I draw with thick graphite sticks, and smudge and erase, or I knit fine wires; I stitch metallic threads into sheets of polythene; I use found and recycled objects and materials, or bones, or bolts. Sometimes I collage. I take photographs.
As far as possible I emulate contrasts of scale. I admire Gabriel Orozco’s Dark Leviathan (a whole whale skeleton drawn all over with black circles) and his Mixiotes (a flight of dried cactus leaves, rubber balls and fine polythene); I love the quirky vitrines of Rebecca Warren, her angular sheets of hard metal, her random little fluffy pompoms, as much as the contrasts with her large lumpy clay people.
My own work has become predominantly playful. It draws on my personal experience as a girl and a woman and, like so many women, my life has been unexpectedly challenging. For many years I focused on the tragic elements, and memory and loss are still the starting point. However I now find myself taking it down a lighter route. Enjoy!