Fiona Cassidy

Fiona Cassidy
Units for Habitation
sand, cardboard box
installation sculpture

Fiona Cassidy
Artist Statement

However carefully we move through the world our impact, be it great or small, is constant. Fiona Cassidy’s work expresses her abiding fascination with the aftermath. Her inspiration is the ‘made’ environment, the human imprint; her materials are selected from the items we discard or leave behind; her style of working is deliberately simple, relying largely on manual techniques – fabric is hand-stitched, cardboard cut and fixed with paper tape, sand is moulded into shape.

Empty builders’ sacks, jiffy bags, plastic flowerpots, stacks of chairs, even flakes of old paint are deployed sparingly to create freestanding sculptures and installations. These autonomous structures serve to illustrate the intrinsic beauty of the commonplace and the lowly while amplifying the connection between people and the constructed space they inhabit. Eventually these sculptures will be broken down into their component parts and re-used – nothing is wasted.

Cassidy explores both the hierarchy we impose on our objects and challenges the priorities of our way of life. We are invited to stop in our tracks, to look differently at places and materials, to share her love of and concern for our immediate environment and to delight in the small things which travel with us through our lives.

FIONA CASSIDY

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FIONA CASSIDY lives and works in Bath, UK
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
2003 – 2010 BA Fine Art, part time study, Bath Spa University
2002 – 2003 Foundation Art and Design Diploma, City of Bath College – Distinction
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010 Fiona Cassidy – Bath Spa Gallery, Weston-super-Mare
2009 Spike Sculpture Dispatch Office – Spike Island, Bristol

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010
Consuming Nature Milsom Place The Octagon, Bath June 15-24th 10-6pm daily

Private View Friday June 18th 6-9pm
52 – Room 202, Gloucester Road, Bristol
2009 Salon 09 – Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner Street, London
Espy – Bath Spa University
Introspective – Free Range, Truman Brewery, London
Bath Spa Degree Show – Bath Spa University
Wilderness 09 – The American Museum in Britain, Bath
Art House Gravy – The Blue Rooms, Bath
Because we never have before – The Old Print Room Gallery, Bath Spa University
2008 Control Art Delete – Free Range, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
Wilderness 2 – The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Down, Bath
Locus – Fringe Arts Bath, 1 Saville Row, Bath
2007 Wilderness – The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Down, Bath
Better Late Than Never – Bath Spa University Gallery, Sion Hill, Bath
2004 Out There – 18 Monmouth Place, Bath

AWARDS
2009 Short listed Metro Recreate 2
2007 Short listed for Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Prize