The sculptures and installations of Fiona Roberts
Fiona Roberts creates entrancing intersections between the human body and familiar objects, resulting in visually compelling hybrids which highlight aspects related to identity, memory and intimacy. From distance, all seems quiet and normal. But each detail brings us closer to discovering and understanding our own traces and remnants of the self, revealing how our emotions and life experiences remain ingrained in all things surrounding us, which speak of our past and present, a reminiscence of the best moments and haunting mistakes, of who we are.
In her recent installation entitled “Intimate Vestiges”, the artist presents her vision of a real home, one where the furniture and ordinary objects lose their functionality to reflect the personal history and human presence, becoming an unsettling extension of the body, either subtle or intrusive, gazing at, talking to, mimicking the gestures of their possessor. According to the artist, “the house and the body are palimpsests of life events with their history inscribed into every surface. They are repositories of treasured moments, of everyday routines and memories, of growing up or growing old, of accidents, of habits, and of fear and trauma. The subjective nature of the home is explored through a variety of body textures that are obscured by pattern, repetition, and traditional ornamentation in household furnishings. This blurs the boundaries between the home and body, making it difficult to determine where the house ends and where the person begins.”
Her previous works also show bizarre physical distortions and metamorphosis, unusual extensions, obsessive multiplications and self-generated or imposed limits of the body, a powerful expression of human complexity.
The Beginning of The End
Images © Fiona Roberts / ‘Scopophilia’ – Photograph by James Field, courtesy of ACSA.
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Learn more about the artist and her upcoming exhibitions and projects on her website.