Simone Bizzell-Browning

Simone lives and works in West Wales, she holds degrees in Fine Art Sculpture and Social Anthropology. Simone is a member of ‘Iron Maidens II’, a female collective of artists working in cast iron, The Welsh Group & Sculpture Cymru, and exhibits both nationally & internationally.

Simone’s work is primarily sculptural and although not allied to any particular medium, it often incorporates cast elements in both bronze and iron. Casting, and the process of transformation underpin her sculptural practice and remain a continuing passion.

 

The idea that one material can be transformed into another (altering both its materiality and meaning) provides Simone with a constant source of excitement and fascination,

 

“…when cloth or lace become iron, or a swan’s feather becomes bronze, it transforms the object, thus removing the familiarity, and revealing the hidden layers of meaning that we (often unconsciously) attribute to everyday objects.”

 

In brief, Simone’s work explores the cultural and mythological significance that we impose upon the artifacts that make up the fabric of our world.

Born: Brighton, England.
Lives: Ferryside, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

 

Education:

2007-12, West Wales School of the Arts, B.A Hons Fine Art Sculpture.

2004-05, General Social Care Council, Diploma in Social Work.

1990-94, University of Sussex, B.A Hons Social Anthropology.

Selected Exhibitions:

2017; Iron Maidens II, Port Talbot, Wales.

British Art Medal Society, Carmarthenshire County Museum, Wales.

The Welsh Group, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

2014; National Eisteddfod, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Talsi Regional Museum, Latvia.

Fountain Fine Art, Llandeilo, Wales.

2013; 'Taith',  Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna.

Henry Thomas Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales.

2012; Royal College of Art, London, England.

2010;Fire and Iron Gallery, Surrey, England.

Industrial Museum, Kidwelly, Wales.

Art Central, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.

2008; National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

2006; Arundel Gallery Trail , Arundel, England.

Marlipins Museum, Shoreham by Sea, England.

Adur Arts Festival, West Sussex, England.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Sculpture Cymru:

2017, Mid Wales Arts Centre, Powys, Wales, UK.

2015, Kidwelly Castle, Kidwelly, Wales, UK.

Mid Wales Arts Centre, Powys, Wales, UK.

2014, Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells, Wales, UK.

Oriel Lliw, Pontardawe, Wales, UK.

Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK.

Iron Maidens:

2014, Artists for Art, Pennsylvania, USA.

2013, International Sculpture Centre, Miami, USA.

Western Carolina University, Carolina, USA.

St. John’s University, Minneapolis, USA.

2011, Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, Minnesota, USA.

Denbigh Library, Denbighshire, Wales, UK.

2009, Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran, Wales, UK.