About Fiona Williams
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As the youngest child of a deeply religious mother, growing up I was generally forbidden social contact with those outside of my mother's religious sect. Seeking escape from a frequently repressive and stultifying home environment, I relished the refuge offered by creativity.
Having previously studied Textile Design, in late 2018 I made painting the centre of my work. I work primarily on paper and canvas, using acrylic paints. Working with acrylics provides something of the feel and texture of oil paints but also offers the opportunity for achieving the type of delicacy and lightness you can achieve with watercolours. The quick drying nature of acrylic paints encourages an immediacy and spontaneity that, for me, intensifies the underlying emotional focus of my work.
I’m inspired by the works of Toulouse Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Picasso and Basquiat to name but a few. In particular, Lautrec's lines and use of colour, Modigliani's ability to capture a moment or conjure up a state of mind and Basquiat’s boldness in framing the unexpected.
My major on-going project, the 'Who’s That Girl' series, is as a visual exploration of identity, family and ancestry – past, present and future. Most of the paintings in this series are self-portraits, although it also includes subjects from amongst my family, friends and acquaintances. These works are intended to examine identity in its multiple guises, its relationship to appearance, but most especially as a social construct and a lived experience.
My works frequently comment on the tensions and expectations generated by appearance whether encountered in the minds of audiences or within myself.