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.
Sometimes we become trapped in a recursive struggle with our history – reliving a past, which cannot be relived, trying to forge a future that will not be determined. But it is this very act of contemplating a history, which brings the self into being. Curator, Jane Boyer, presents an exhibition at No Format Gallery, which looks at this. Five artists are showing: Hitomi Kammai, Ant Pearce, Susan Francis herself and Simon Fell whose work shows visible evidence of this thought process.
In the Restart blog on a-n.co.uk the artist looks at the process of learning how to get beyond the privacy of the studio and expose ideas and artwork to a wider world. He hopes to capture some crucial points about turning a contemporary art practice into one that has a more public aspect, logging what that involves and how blogging could effect the whole process. Subjects covered include: The creative cycle, Changing your mind, The male script, Drawing, Working as an artist part time, Post conceptual craft, RSI,