Throughout history inventors, showmen and an untold number of eccentrics and charlatans have built mechanical contraptions who’s primary purpose was to deceive or entertain. The relationship between the perceived magic and the real mechanical ingenuity that animates these devices is something that has always fascinated Fi. It is this dichotomy that first triggered her interest in automata. 

Fi's figurative mechanical sculptures combine carved wood, old tins and found objects, with mechanisms engineered in brass and steel. This combination gives her great scope for improvisation and playfulness.
Her work typically depicts strange scenes and eccentric characters which mechanically re-enact fragments of dream-like narratives. Drawing upon folk tales and myth, Fi's automata merge the everyday with humour and menacing elements of absurdity. 

Increasingly she has been building electronic sound and lighting into her work in order to enhance its cinematic and theatrical qualities.

Fi has been making automata professionally since 2009, and her work is included in both national and international collections. She often accepts commissions and film set design work.

Selected Clients

  • Cabaret Mechanical Theatre.
  • Kew Gardens, London.
  • Exploratorium, San Francisco.
  • Tim Burton.

  • Education & Awards

    BA Hons in Sculpture / Falmouth College of Arts. 

    Commissions & Exhibitions

    2016. Alice Through the Looking Glass. Film. Tim Burton. 

    2012. The Best Offer, Gusieppe Tornetore’s (the academy award winning director of Cinema Paredisso). Work forms part of the main prop.

    2010. Lawrence Lewelyn Bowen’s series House Gift.

    Ongoing. Falmouth Gallery.


    West Dean

    Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

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