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14. Cirri

By Fiona Campbell

Locally found and recycled materials

Fiona studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. Her mixed media sculptures illustrate her interest in the natural world. These sculptures reflect the time when the sea covered the Somerset Levels. They are based on crinoids (sea lilies) whose long spiny stems cling to the seabed and whose fossilised remains are found in carboniferous limestone.

In their own words ...

The work exhibited in this trail was originally created for ‘step in stone’, an Arts Council-funded project I ran in 2015. The sculptures are based on crinoids (sea lilies) whose fossilised remains are found in carboniferous limestone and whose descendants can still be found living today. Crinoid tentacles are reminiscent of branches, tendrils, feathers and neurons. They cling to the seabed by long spiny stems, while others are without a stalk but have tentacle legs or long arms which enable them to drag themselves along.

Kenyan roots influence my work. I retain a childlike wonder about our universe – marvelling at the fantastical. I am interested in life forms, commonalities, universal primal structures, growth, metamorphosis, latent energy, interconnectedness and nature’s cyclical persistence. Instinctive building processes such as wrapping, weaving and layering become a form of 3 dimensional mark-making. I only use found and reclaimed materials for my sculptures.

Awards include the Environmental prize, Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL 2014; Atkinson Gallery Summer Show prize 2011 and David Shepherd’s 3D Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009. Last year I created a woven canopy for Sarah Eberle’s award-winning Mekong Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

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