Monday, February 20, 2023
Saturday, March 25, 2023
8 Town Street, Shepton Mallet BA4 5BG
South West England
Fiona Campbell

Fiona Campbell is currently showcasing new work in a solo exhibition – the culmination of a 3-week art residency in the large empty shop space Create@#8, 8 Town Street, Shepton Mallet BA4 5BG.  The exhibition has been extended for another week, open Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm, until Saturday 25 March.

Fiona has been developing work related to our natural world and its entanglements.   This is part of her Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice award, which is supporting Fiona’s development towards deeper sustainability in her practice, and also supported her recent research trip to Kenya, where she re-connected with her roots and the Kenyan contemporary art scene.

Transformed into a gallery, work comprises immersive sculptural installations, drawings, collages, sketchbooks and the in-between – a range of suspended, wall-mounted and free-standing works.  An evocative soundscape enhances the experience, created in response to my work by Ushara Dilrukshan.  It is a timely lead up to Earth Day in April.

Two of the pieces created this year will be exhibited in Wander_Land, at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens and Gallery.

My approach is a form of suturing, slow art, artivism. This relates to concerns about climate breakdown, human exploitation of nature and over-consumption, which has led to catastrophic mass animal/plant extinctions.  Labour-intensive, the binding, weaving, hand-stitching and re-appropriation of materials considers value, care and repair, making do, our relationship with matter, nature, and ourselves.

I’ve been developing work related to our natural world.  Above and Below is a response to the entanglements and cycles of life that make up earth’s strata.  Flags of the Forest is inspired by woodlands.  The flags celebrate bio-diversity, hopeful of nature being more cared for, and thriving.  These involve a combination of sculptural lines and fields of colour in space – hand-stitched patchworks of semi-translucent textiles and plastic remnants.  Some I’ve botanically dyed, eco-printed or embedded with found objects collected on walks.  Woods and forests provide vital ecosystems – crucial to our survival,’ says Fiona.

Open 11-25 March, Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm, Create@#8, 8 Town Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 5BG