Fiona Halse

‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance’ – Fiona Halse.

Aristotle – Poetics


My work seeks to convey a personal space that is metaphorically associated with the human figure. Form is found through connecting to a deep resonant feeling, reflecting a personalised, generalised space. Whilst my work is lyrical and utilises Tachist approaches, my work is formal and has an architectonic basis and explores drawing principles. Pictorial and illusionist devices are utilised to create depth, but ambiguity and privacy are also explored by flattening shapes and focusing on the picture plane. I am interested in capturing the visceral and how forms can be deeply connected to an essence that is not described but sensed. My work is aligned with Giacometti’s dissolving scaffolded skeleton forms that Sartre describes as ‘halfway between nothingness and being’. It is also related to a need to be fluid with inner and outer forms, not unlike Klee’s ‘Endotopic’ and ‘Exotopic’ space. This personal space is efficiently captured through abstract forms.

I have an interest in how Poiesis and metaphoric form can be activated through Praxis. Forms are found within my work through a need to connect to the materials. This Tachist and touch-based approach to creating work brings forth space for poetic interpretations and abstract concepts.


Fiona Halse has been a practising artist for over twenty years since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at Monash University. Halse has been accepted into major art prizes such as Tidal 18 (Devonport Art Gallery), Fishers Ghost Art Prize, St Kevin’s Art Show, Metro Art Award, Greenway Art Prize, MPRG National Works on Paper, Stanthorpe Art Prize and Prometheus Art Prize. She has been recognised for her art through an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, Ella Donald Memorial Scholarship and two drawing awards at Monash University. Her work has been informed by arts residencies at Point B (New York) and Can Serrat International Arts Centre (Spain), Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin), Fellini Gallery art residency ( Berlin) and learning opportunities at The New York Studio School’s Drawing Marathon and Kathy Carracio’s studio ( New York).

Fiona Halse has been a sessional Visual Arts Lecturer for Latrobe University for over five years ( masters and undergraduate). Halse had a sessional lecturing role at Deakin University and she has worked as a Lead Artist for Arts Access Victoria. She is currently represented by West End Art Space ( Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).

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