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Metro-Botanic

Metropolitanical and detail

My new art practice utilises biofilms to create sculptural paintings. I’ve been developing this since 2014. I grow microbial cellulose surfaces from probiotic good bacteria and yeasts.

These intricate surfaces, resembling skin, are translucent and beautiful. I aim to make artworks that draw the viewer into the surface yet show a sense of decay and the visceral, intrigued by the slightly uncomfortable.

Mushroom Cave

Drawn to the Japanese ‘wabi-sabi’ aesthetic of beauty in the transient and imperfect, and how we react to the abject, I feel that these artworks can subtly convey themes of sustainability. Life-cycles, decay, ruin, and human relationships with nature are intertwined. I incorporate my interest in survival, bush-craft, and making-from-scratch into my practice, creating works which reference the past, and the now by using this alien yet seemingly familiar material with established art conventions like stretcher bars.

'Mother and Daughter' (2015) symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts, each 60x150cm

I consider my ‘Metro-Botanic’ works to be paintings in the ‘expanded field’ since they don’t use paint, brush, or canvas. They have a painterly sensibility and are very much about surface, colour, and allowing the glitches within the material to help drive my compositional decisions.

Beetroot dye on biofilm details

I’ve been investigating the utilisation and display of these intriguing films and have a wealth of ideas I still want to explore. I’m discovering ways to sculpt & collage the material and colour it with pigments which cling in a marbled fashion or natural dyes which impart intense translucent colour. I love exploring materials, testing them to their limits and using their unique properties.

Elbow Room

I learnt about these biofilms from my brother, who did vast amounts of research into kombucha, a health drink made from fermented tea, rich in probiotics, vitamins, and minerals. He used this knowledge to launch his skincare company Biomic, and here is its Facebook page. I used it to explore the culture which ferments the liquid, and grows as a by-product of the process, and how I could harness its properties to make art.

Anti-cuts demo

Yesterday, at the TUC Anti-Cuts, March For The Alternative demonstration I joined AIR (Artists Interaction Representation)- the voice of visual and applied artists which identifies and explores issues that impact on artists’ practice, and campaigns for artistic, legislative and economic measures that enhance artists’ working lives and their professional status. We were marching against cuts to the art sector and that “Art education is a right, not a privilege”. I feel pretty strongly about that since, having finished my Fine Art BA with flying colours, whilst having some success, finding work in the arts sector is seriously tough. I know that I’m competing against hundreds or thousands for every job, many of whom have MAs, which I simply cannot afford to do, and don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do, especially if I can’t get job and save up! Rather a catch22 situation!

I’ve never been on a march before but was pleased to join this one. I was proud to hold my banner. If I go on another similar march, and have time though, I’ll make my own. “Make Art Not War” perhaps? It’ll be a work of art of course, and made from very cheap materials…

Q Art Presents 2010




Bones

Originally uploaded by fionalongart.

I’m pleased to be taking part in this year’s Q Art Presents exhibition at APT Gallery in Deptford. It’s a really amazing space.

The show comprises work from nearly 40 graduate and undergraduate artists from London’s top art schools.

The show runs from the 19th – 28th November
Private View Thursday 18th November 6-8pm
Deptford Last Fridays Opening 26th November 6-8pm

APT Gallery Deptford, Harold Wharf, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 4SA


There are some great events running alongside the show including:

Tuesday 23rd November. Self Assembly with Artquest
Saturday 27th November 1-5pm: Explore and Function, South London Tour with Jotta and Q Art
Sunday 28th November 1.30-5pm with artists from the show talking about their work. I’ll be talking about my work fairly early on in this time period.

I hope you can make it along to the show!


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Nearest rail stations Deptford and New Cross or DLR stops Deptford Bridge or Greenwich.

Propositions at the ICA this Sunday!




teleology

Originally uploaded by fionalongart.

The wonderful Terry Smith, who has lots of really interesting shows going on right now, has invited me and 8 other past and present Wimbledon College of Art students to show ‘Propositions’ alongside his performance event ‘Drunk and Disorderly’ at the ICA this Sunday! Please come along to the Lower Gallery any time between 12 and 7pm and see what we’re up to and the work we are showing. This forms a part of David Gryn’s ‘Live Weekend’ of performance etc at the ICA starting from this Thursday with an incredible line-up. All events are free. Check out the listings on the Facebook page.

PROPOSITIONS
Propositions is a project selected by Terry Smith that brings together a diverse body of work by nine current and past students from Wimbledon College of Art.

Chris Agnew, Jenny Baldock, Fiona Long, Russell Moore, Lauren O’Day, Helen Newhouse, Charlotte Turton, Nicholas Quenzer, Sam Wilkins

Place/Displace Tokyo/London

Here are some images from our show ‘Place Displace’ showing how our work has evolved as a result of the Tokyo exchange last summer. During the summer of 2009, fourteen students from Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges (CCW) at the University of the Arts London travelled to Tokyo, to participate in a cultural exchange between the UK and Japan. Professor Chris Wainwright, Head of Colleges, CCW travelled with the group acting as a visiting tutor adding to the collection of 40 international artists who gathered for the workshop. Artists from different nations challenged themselves to overcome language and cultural boundaries to respond collectively to the title of ‘Waste’. During their visit students participated in workshops, site visits and tutorials from high profile designers, architects and composers such as Toshi Ichiyanagi, Kosuke Tsumura, Kotaro Watanabe and Song Dong. On returning to the UK we’ve continued to be informed by our experience in Japan and are now presenting work at Camberwell College of Arts, which reflects on the integration of our Japan experience into our individual practices.