Fiona Fleming believes very strongly in the power of art to shine a light on issues and love it when a piece of visual art goes beyond what can be described in words – when it delves into the essence of what which is felt rather than known. Fleming loves the processes of making art and in sometimes creating a new methodology to get round a creative problem. This has led her to combine techniques – for example using optical mixing and scattering in mosaic combined with metal /wood construction with fired ceramic elements or recreating geometries Fleming has explored using modular origami in timber and MDF.
Fiona Fleming (b. 1966) left school in 1983 after which she went to Glasgow College of Building and Printing to study Art and Design and gained a Scotvec Diploma in Art/ Design. After this 2 year Diploma course Fleming went to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art where she studied Fine Art Sculpture, with a support study in Printmaking. Since then Fleming has undertaken various artistic community engaged projects for several local authorities, housing associations, colleges , learning and teaching projects and community organisations. For the most part these projects and artworks have overlapped with her personal creativity and have involved the use of sculpture, painting, mosaic, printmaking, ceramics, animation. She has worked extensively with groups of differing ages and backgrounds. In recent years she has explored the therapeutic benefits of making, teaching and facilitating with various groups with mental health issues who are referred through various agencies. Fleming currently teaches Art at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock and run plein air sketching classes from her studio in Govan. She finds it very energising to work outside, and it keeps the mark making dynamic. She loves the intersection of art and maths and science and has a particular interest in light and optics. Fleming has a continuing obsession with architecture, tessellations and geometries in nature.