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I'm not a Robot | Fiona Colin

BY fortyfivedownstairs | 23-Mar-2019
Fiona Colin's exacting and sensual practice will appeal to those who indulge in other slow and pleasurable activities such as weaving, knitting, calligraphy and embroidery. There is evidence, too, of the maker's hand: imperfections and paint textures - no, she's not a robot!
I am not a Robot by Fiona Colin
Rather than mechanical and programmed, Fiona Colin’s process is a meditative and sensual enjoyment of seeing wet paint absorbed into paper, of seeing an organic growing of colour combinations, lines and shapes. It is an exacting practice, often unplanned within the structure of the grid, one which can also appeal to those who indulge in other slow and pleasurable activities such as weaving, knitting, calligraphy and embroidery. There is evidence, too, of the maker’s hand: imperfections and paint textures – no, she’s not a robot!

The inspiration for much of this work, showing at fortyfivedownstairs in April 2019, comes from the dynamism of the city: the architecture, the play of light, the ever-changing tones, the seemingly endless combinations of angles, shapes and lines. To the artist, this built environment is a celebration of geometry, a symphony of glass, steel, timber and cement.

Colin’s work is also informed by numerous other practices she has explored, including screen printing, lino cuts, tapestry weaving, botanical drawing, textile and costume design, and experience from her years as an art teacher.

Colin has attempted to capture the ambiguities that arise not only from our subjective ‘reading’ of visual images but also from the juxtaposition of so many competing and sometimes confusing elements. Line, tone, shape, colour and perspective can conspire to invent the unexpected and make us question what we see.