Fiona Hepburn has always found inspiration from her Scottish heritage and natural history. She makes work in response to found organic objects, and has been fascinated by the architecture of the objects she collects. Her images are studies of found material, deconstructing and magnifying surfaces and interpreting formations and cyclical workings. Objects are enlarged, dissected and broken down – growing and metamorphosing into something else. Her drawings become an obsessive reproduction of a single shape. Drawing repetitive forms and the cyclical workings of madrepoic formations, create the illusion of ruined cities and geology.
As a printmaker Fiona is interested in the construction and reconstruction of prints, layering colours and images upon each other. With the ability to ‘reproduce’ through print, she takes on nature’s obsessive role of reproducing thousands of tiny spores or holes, growing like mould. Her prints become physical objects that evoke the feeling of growth and a strong sensory experience of fragility and tactility, provoking a desire to touch. The labour intensive, irreversible and destructive process is an integral part of her practice, and mimics the precarious, fragile state of the natural world.Read the Anne James review of Natural Worlds in The Oxford Times