Cardiff based artist Simon Fenoulhet is going underneath the city of Cardiff to find out what lies beneath our streets, exploring tunnels, basements, cellars, caverns, crypts, night clubs and bunkers. Through this process Simon will create an alternative map of the city, linked to markers above ground for people on the streets to discover what lies beneath their feet.
Simon Fenoulhet is an artist who plays with our preconceptions of the material world by manipulating everyday objects with unexpected outcomes. The recurrent theme in his work is one of transformation, re-presenting the familiar in ways which cause us to change the way we look at the world. By making light an integral part of each piece, discarded toys, shoe laces and teaspoons take on new meanings, subverting their original function. As a result of his research, he has developed an affinity with dark places where even the smallest glimmer becomes significant. His studio is a haven of controlled gloom.
Simon Fenoulhet studied Fine Art at both Newport and Cardiff Colleges of Art gaining a Masters Degree in 1987. Since then he has worked throughout Wales as an artist, educator and public art consultant, including a period as Deputy Director of Artworks Wales between 1991 and 2002. In 2012 he received a Major Creative Wales Award, enabling him to develop a new body of light based installation work at his studio at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. He won the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the 2010 National Eisteddfod of Wales and until July 2013 was working part time as a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Wales, Newport. He now works freelance as an artist and arts consultant.