Simon Fell works with ceramics which he uses to look at the contradictions and complexity of taking a hand made approach in the modern world.
His work is mainly figurative with the exception of some of his installations.
Ceramic works occupy an interesting and ambiguous place between art, craft and design, taking on different guises depending on how the work is conceived and how it is shown. This mobility makes the medium even more flexible than the raw material and more open to manipulation and conveying meaning.
The improvised approach Fell takes to drawing, he sees as a way of accessing hidden and masked aspects of his consciousness and our shared collective human mind. Like all drawing this is a non verbal process and calls on aspects of thinking that may defy logic (and description to some extent). The work uses patterns, rhythms and simple shapes and would be abstract were it not for the frequent appearance of shadow, modelling and depth cues which allow him to claim this work as also essentially figurative.
In this blog the artist looks at the process of learning how to get beyond the studio and engage with ideas, other artists and the wider public through writing. He aims to reveal key points about turning an art practice into one that has a public aspect, logging what that involves and how it affects the balance of his activities.
Subjects include: The creative cycle, the physical and mental health of artists, being male, the men's movement, the complexities of working in an ancient medium in today's world.