Fiona Curran produces objects, site-related public commissions and written texts that explore the poetics and the politics of landscape space connecting real and imagined geographies.
Curran’s objects and assemblages explore notions of landscape space and landscape time, once measured through the impact of natural cycles and planetary shifts, now equally measured through digital time and the migratory patterns of trans-national capital and invisible algorithms. There is a strong tactile element at play in the work that both mimics and counters the saturated spaces of screen technologies with their heightened colour and sleek, luminous surfaces. Works incorporate paint, plastics, glass, feathers, plants (real and artificial), fabric, rugs and hand-stitched fragments. The distinctions between inside and outside space are disrupted through reference to ‘natural’ forms, materials and objects derived from the applied and decorative arts. Curran’s works reveal a recurring utopian impulse, formal idealism and sense of escapism. However, there’s no easy flight to the pastoral as landscape fragments are reproduced as facsimiles and natural motifs become excessive through repetition and heightened colour or unsettling in their allusions to darker ecologies and forgotten symbolisms from myth, magic and folklore.