Fiona Hingston – The English Woman’s Flora

Image Credit: Fiona Hingston

Black Swan Arts

01373 473980
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Saturday 07 September 2019 – Sunday 06 October 2019
Opening Hours: 10am-4pm


Friday 6 September, 6–8pm

Meet the artist

Thursday 28 September, 11am–3pm

Part celebration and part lament for what is and increasingly isn’t to be found on the land she calls home, Fiona Hingston’s new body of work, ‘The English Woman’s Flora’, includes more than 200 wildflowers made from masking tape and graphite based on The Observer's Book of Wild Flowers, a popular pocketbook from the 1960s.

For 20 years Fiona has recorded aspects of the landscape through drawing, photography, found objects and book works. She lives and works in a village on the edge of the Mendip Hills and sees her practice as a slow archaeological enquiry into place and the passage of time. Over the past few years her observations have become disrupted by the growing awareness of a quiet erosion: silent barns, decaying farm buildings, monoculture crops, vanishing flora and fauna. She sees this local loss as directly connecting to wider issues of commercial standardisation and a diminishing of environmental and cultural diversity.

Fiona received an MA in Research from the UWE in 2006. She has been shortlisted twice for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, and won the Innovation in Drawing Award at Drawn 2013 at the RWA. She won the Hauser & Wirth First Prize at Black Swan Arts Open in 2014 and the Martin Bax Award and Public Vote in 2013. Her work on ‘The English Woman’s Flora’ has been supported by Somerset Art Works’ Artist Development Programme.

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