This is part of a Series set in a disused former Prison in Shepton Mallett, Somerset, England.
Snakes and Ladders is a Series created from found and recycled materials : Wood, copper wire, chicken wire, cardboard, paper, wax, paste, steel, twine, fabric, wool, sisal, string, thread, plastic. Each ladder ranges from 7.5metres to 3 metres in length. It was created in 2019.
Fiona : "Snakes and Ladders comprises several dysfunctional hand-made ladders and entrail forms, ranging in scale from 7.5 to 3 metres, which interact in a large space.
Snakes and Ladders is an ancient game of ups and downs with a moral about fate. Ladders represent imaginary stairways of spiritual ascension, escape, dreams and hope. The dysfunctional ladders refer to our precarious lives.
The work was inspired by Piranesi’s ‘The Bridge’, from 'The Imaginary Prisons' series, resonating with my concerns around freedom and confinement, the endless human cycle of striving, greed, suffering and waste.
Skeletal structures appear wing-like and bone-like, reminiscent of flight and extinct animals hung in museums. In contrast, flesh-coloured handwoven and wrapped entrail forms bewail the realities of destruction and waste surrounding us.
Are we all offenders given the state of our world today ?"
Treating line as object, Fiona's work blurs boundaries of drawing, sculpture and installation. At the root is the notion of interconnectedness throughout nature, life’s cyclical persistence and transformation. Environmental concerns about human exploitation of nature and over-consumption inform the content. Her use of recycled and found materials relates to our relationship with matter, nature, and ourselves.
Materiality and process are central to her practice; the work is hand-made and labour-intensive. Collecting and transforming materials, there is a cathartic attempt to repair.