In my work I create conceptual iterations of the self as experienced through the other; using time based media and interdisciplinary processes to contextualize the self and to investigate its ontological possibilities.
I am interested in our relationship to place and environment; in the trajectory of cognition that the mind can traverse; and in how our interconnectivity to both external and internal manifestations change, shape and affect us. Recent topics explored have included self projection, neutrality, foreignness, distance, exile, isolation, transience, movement and the dichotomy of impermanence.
By alternating between the temporality of screen and the materiality of space and medium, I seek to further expand upon the role of the aesthetic object, and to explore the conditions in which the still and moving image can exist.
Fiona Naomi Cashell (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1981) is a lens based interdisciplinary artist, exploring the boundaries and artistic use of contemporary photography, video, sound, print, painting, drawing and poetry. Through experimentation in the studio and beyond, she questions, tests and investigates the role of light and material, the still versus moving image dichotomy, hybrid print techniques, interdisciplinary practice, collaboration and site specific art making. Work created is usually situational in context; utilizing the immediate environment and incorporating current life events in order to generate content that emphasizes a time-based and personal orientation. Current research within her practice includes philosophy, psychology and cognitive aesthetics, with a specific focus on phenomenology, otherness, sense, consciousness and cognition.
Fiona holds a Masters in Fine Art in Studio Art and a Graduate Certificate in Art and Philosophy from Stony Brook University (New York), a Masters in Science in Advertising from Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) and a Bachelors in Design in Visual Communication from Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland). She is a recipient of the Dorothy L. Pieper Award (2015), the GSEU Professional Development Award (2013), the Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award (2012) and was nominated for the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Woven Press, A5 Magazine and The Dublin Inquirer. Upcoming events this year include video screenings in Europe (TBA) and residencies at the Art Farm, Nebraska and VCCA, Virginia.