Fiona Byrne-Sutton‘s slip cast and press moulded ceramic and crystocal plinth assemblages, are named The Angel’s Share, a metaphor for the poetics of the temporal soul. Their composition, colour and rhythm are informed by Italian Renaissance, Duccio di Buoninsegna’s (d.1319), Maesta, and Giotto’s (d.1337) Scrovegni Chapel. The assemblages’ material process engages with modernism through repetition, visible process and the deconstruction of narrative into discrete components. Scale matters. A solid beaker is unexpectedly weighty, its gravity reflexive, making us aware of our body in space and our expectations about this small object. Metaphysical space is this place. The assemblages generate a paradoxical imaginative space, simultaneously vast and intimate, within the viewer who completes the work.
Based in Glasgow, Fiona Byrne-Sutton works through the medium of ceramic. She has a forthcoming show at the &Gallery, Edinburgh , 5 – 30 May 2018. Recently, she represented Scotland on the Scotland: Craft and Design pavilion, London Design Fair 2017. Other recent group shows include the RGI open – 2016 & 2017, the Royal Scottish Academy Open 2017, and FLY 2016, a Visual Arts Scotland/ Craft Scotland exhibition emphasizing work made through the medium of ceramic. In 2013 Fiona curated the multi-media exhibition, Changing Ground, land and art in association with the Barony Centre, supported by a £10,000 Creative Scotland Quality Arts Production grant. That year was she was Runner up at the Emerging Makers Award, ICF, Aberystwyth. Fiona’s previous work features in two 2013 books, “Natural Glazes, Collecting and Making” and “Additions to Clay Bodies”, publisher: AC&Black. Fiona grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, and lived briefly in Italy before moving to London to study Fine Art at Goldsmiths School of Art. She moved to Scotland in 1988, working as a curator, art journalist and housing officer prior to doing a BA Hons in Ceramics at Glasgow School of Art (2008) and a postgraduate MA,with distinction, at Cardiff School of Art (CSAD) in 2015.