Fiona Curran works with the poetics, the politics and the materialities of landscape space via the making of objects for exhibition and site-related commissions.
Curran presents 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 notions 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. Using processes of editing, splicing, collage and assemblage, elements of the natural world are interspersed with representations of nature drawn from the fine and decorative arts.
Works 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. There is a strong tactile element at play that works to both mimic and counter the saturated spaces of screen technologies with their heightened colour and sleek, luminous surfaces. Objects and materials are stacked, draped, hung and folded often using the vertical and the horizontal planes in order to disrupt viewing positions and to question the different cultural values traditionally ascribed to art forms and materials across painting, sculpture and textiles.
acrylic on Wooden Panel with fabric collage
46 × 61 × 2 cm
acrylic on wooden panel
acrylic on Wooden Panel, Oak Frame
40 × 30 × 2 cm (unframed dimensions)
How the data arrange themselves, 2013-2017
needlepoint, fabric over board inset into frame
44 × 44 × 4 cm
found rug, acrylic on canvas over panel with fabric collage, needlepoint on fabric over Panel
105 × 245 × 3 cm
needlepoint and fabric collage, walnut frame
43× 53 × 3.5 m
From all this the cloud is formed
acrylic on wooden panel on acrylic on paper
110 × 75 cm
As Colours Pour From Tar
bitumen on fabric, bitumen on found kilim, needlepoint
Wall piece 87 × 31cm, Floor piece 60 × 55 cm
Those lights we call stars
embroidery on found carpet
200 × 80 cm