Embarking on her final year in Communication Design at Glasgow School of Art, Fiona Hunter's photography is an assimilation of her own experiences and the world around her. Despite being an illustration student, Fiona feels her work is continuing to evolve as she explores her practice. We take a look at some of her work to date.
“I enjoy working with a range of different media. I still feel, as an artist, I am finding my way of working and experimenting until it feels right. Photography is what currently drives me. It allows me the opportunity to be both conceptually and visually stimulated. This is a balance that I have struggled with in the past.”
Fiona’s work is heavily concept driven. With a strong interest in current affairs and the social landscape of her surroundings, she continues to keep her ear to the ground, staying alert to any events, protests and problems - whether this be in her home town of Helensburgh or on the streets of Glasgow.
“As a designer, I feel I am in a position where I have the opportunity to challenge and change perceptions. I think that if you have something to say - say it and if you believe in something - show it.”
Following the independence referendum, the general election, and the increase in political engagement throughout the country, Fiona believes that the past year for Scotland has ignited this passion within her.
“Seeing the wave of passion that swept the country last year has really driven me. I used to shy away from putting issues that are personal to me into my work, but now I am motivated by what I see around me like the group The National Collective and Bob and Roberta Smith. I also look to artists such as Jeremy Deller, Richard Mosse, Ai WeiWei for their engagement and ability to challenge.”
However, despite this Fiona confesses that not all her work aims to challenge, “I think I’m re-learning to enjoy art on a purely visual level. During my time at art school, I’ve always become fixated with concept and meaning and I think my visual identity sometimes suffers from that. I enjoy looking for the oddities in life; colours, accidental patterns and interesting features of daily life, so I’m trying to teach myself to appreciate a photograph for being a photograph.”
For more information about Fiona's work visit her website: http://fionaehunter.tumblr.com/