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'. This way of drawing is essentially non verbal 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 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,