Fiona Curran’s work pursues the boundary between real and imagined, combining found objects and images with painting, needlework, and other materials. Images pasted onto canvases, pigment made transparent or rubbed away, the viewer’s attention is directed to the surface. Maximum Elegance at Minimum Cost places a piece of brightly colored textile on a pole, leaned precariously against a wall, presenting a sort of false haphazardry. The careful configurations of images and textures come across like an elaborate show to make the simple materials appear to be more than what they are. By combining found materials that are worn, like the carpet in Something Has Been Decided, or repurposed, like the metallic photograph of a found image in Borrowed Nostalgia, Curran creates a tension between old and new, need and want, real and unreal; the artificiality of these miniature environments promise only what we can see on the surface.
Curran has designed a number of original tapestries for The Rug Company that continue her use of bright color and palm tree imagery. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Find more information and images of her work at fionacurran.co.uk.
All images courtesy of and © Fiona Curran.