About the Artwork

This is about the time you might have expected to hear about my forthcoming show in May but in the event it has had to be postponed like so many other public events. The organisers of The Artists Open House Festival in Brighton are now saying it could take place in October. If and when it becomes clear that this is the case I will send out invititations so please make sure to sign up to my email list.

The title of this show has been chosen by an algorithm: ///Move.Fault.Storm. The result is a Haiku-like phrase rich in random imagery. This comes at a time of huge uncertainty so it is fitting that my show title is fractured and staccato in tone. It implies dynamism, defectiveness and upheaval so it is very much in tune with the extraordinnary times we are living through.

I make ceramics and draw, creating figures and structures that evoke personal and shared 21st century paradoxes. The work is broadly figurative. Ceramic works occupy an interesting and ambiguous place between art, craft and design, taking on different guises depending on how the work is conceived and how it is shown. This mobility makes the medium even more flexible than the raw material and more open to manipulation and conveying meaning. My work has a strong experimental aspect to it, whatever I plan the work may not conform to my original map, it tends to find its own way with its own physical and visual logic.

Duality terra-cotta figures, bisque fired ceramic work in progress by Simon Fell

Terra-cotta figures by Simon Fell on a shelf

My work has an experimental aspect, whatever I plan the work may not conform to my original map, it tends to find its own way with its own physical and visual logic. This makes an unpredictable technique even more capricious and ideal in many ways as an art medium as it has an inbuilt tendency to randomise the resulting work. There is a constant struggle that goes on between control and other impulses in both the conception and production of the artwork.

My work currently takes the form of still lives, figures and hands. We have a rapidly changing relationship to the use of our hands and craft or ‘tacit’ (bodily know-how) skills in everyday life and work. Whatever skills that I use in handling the material and understanding how it works may show in the finished item but the work also has other content which is likely to undermine the display of dexterity.

The Artists Space image, an abstracted image of connections and cores in watercolour

The Artists Space

The Artists Space is an opportunity for artists to meet with another artist and take an overview of the state of their practice in terms of personal meaning, long term aims, and job satisfaction and consider how they might progress. These sessions could transform your art practice simply by helping you use the information you already have about yourself and your work more effectively.

The Restart blog is a previous set of a dozen posts on the A-N (artists newsletter uk) site on fundamental issues facing artists trying to establish and maintain a practice in the uk.

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