Working across the disciplines of sculpture, photography and interiors, Fiona Abicare presents her practice as a sequence of designed, performed and documented outcomes. Rather than using the gallery simply as a site to present her work, Abicare’s creative process has a historical relationship to the various iterations of the ‘total artwork’ found in modernist design. She conceives of space as an art object in itself: a complete environment filled with evocative visual props that highlight the importance and value of aesthetic considerations such as colour, form, shape, texture and material. Abicare’s practice seamlessly appropriates design methodology so that her projects integrate into site and cohere with assumptions of what an interior design outcome might look and feel like. She is most interested in transforming the traditional distinctions between art and design through her decisions, materials and methodologies, and pays specific attention to the material qualities of objects and how an audience might encounter their placement in space. Often collaborative in nature, her practice continues to be influenced by modernist art, design and architecture as well as by film and fashion.
FIONA ABICARE completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts (1994) and Honours in Sculpture at RMIT University (1999). In 2006 she was awarded a Masters of Arts in Interior Design from RMIT University, and she undertook an Australia Council London Studio residency in 2012. Abicare has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including, most recently, In some places it’s illegal to hang your washing out to dry, curated by Rosemary Forde for Sarah Scout Presents, (2014); Why not walk backward?, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2014); De-Pose, Sarah Scout Presents (2013); Scandinavian Freestyle, foyer commission, Hero Building, Russell Street Melbourne, (2013); Appointments, curated by Spiros Panigirakis for Sarah Scout Presents (2012); NEW11, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2011); ART#2, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Regional Touring (2011); Artist Actor, Artist Auteur, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne Art Fair (2010) and COVERS, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2008-09).