Fiona
Pole

Fiona Pole was born in 1974. She graduated from Rhodes University, Grahamstown with a Bachelor of Fine Art (honours), and worked and lived in France for many years before returning to Johannesburg where she has now opened her own studio "The Atelier". Fiona Pole adds: "The starting point - London - the base from where I travelled and worked for two and a half years. After several visits to France, I decided to move to Paris. Motivated to learn French and study further I enrolled at a language school and at an atelier for etching. A few months later the daunting task of entrance interviews for l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure Estienne - a school specialising in graphic arts and arts related to books, was undertaken. Accepted into the section of etching and engraving, the next two years were spent perfecting my French and working in the print workshops". Fiona Pole became the first South African artist to complete a printmaking diploma (with honours) at this prestigious institution.

Pole is fascinated by the urban structures that people live within. Living in Paris and having been raised in Johannesburg has led to her awareness of the art deco buildings in both cities. The people of Johannesburg largely ignore these buildings and their fine lines as they get on with their lives on the streets and interiors of these structures.

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