Fleur Simon's practice explores the absence of the body and soul after death, and the dichotomies of grief through creating a dialog between of Ceramics and Epoxy Resin painting. Fueled her personal experiences of loss, she aims to demystify discussions... Read More
Fleur Simon's practice explores the absence of the body and soul after death, and the dichotomies of grief through creating a dialog between of Ceramics and Epoxy Resin painting. Fueled her personal experiences of loss, she aims to demystify discussions of mortality in contemporary society through visualizing these experiences.
By use of clay and my creation of vessels formations, her practice works in continuum with ancient multi-cultural funerary ritual; signifying the universality and timelessness of the concept of death. Through containment of negative space and somatic suggestion, her work aims to provoke the emptiness of the body after the souls departure. Inspired by Julian Stair’s Quietus series, her process of hand building and bisque firing aim to envisage the human lifeline, and the transformation of the body after death; ultimately provoking this idea of permanence and finality.
Simultaneously, painting in pigmented Epoxy Resin Fleur aims to visualize internal landscapes of loss through abstraction and deceptions of space, curated as emotional settings for these vessels. The fluidity of the material and pouring method envisioning the nature of emotion; fluctuating between the natural and the surreal, the suffocating and the tranquil. Drawing on artists such as Betty Woodman, through her cross-pollination of painting and ceramics she seeks to further bridge the interface between Craft and Fine Art.
Working towards her Solo Show this spring 2019 her West London studio is filled with drying works and readily primed boards. Fresh out of art school Fleur achieved first class honours in her Fine Art BA at City and Guilds of London Art School, after completing her foundation at Central Saint Martins, and semester on a scholarship to Paris College of Art. Fleur sold all her paintings during the recent degree show, received multiple commissions and sold her most significant work (Sublime Space III) to the renound Monsoon Collection, London.