Kiera Saunders

  • 2020
  • Art
  • Painting - BA (Hons)

Kiera Saunders: In-Between Fire + Vomiton Collective

Kiera Saunders
In-Between Fire

What do you want people to know about your graduation project?

My work crosses over between miniature sets, costume, digital collaging, 3D animation and collaborating.

By resembling my photography, green screen filming and 3D rendered files, I create mythical worlds with multi-facet concepts about environmental human interventions, hybrid figurative identities and references to classical paintings.
Recycling and upcycling works are key methods in my practice. During COVID-19, Miriam Craddock and I co-founded a mask-making art collective called Vomton. The idea was to look inside their recycling bins and upcycle bold humorous masks, pushing the masked symbol of the virus to surreal lengths.

What or who is your inspiration and why is following this route important to you?

Friends from ECA are key people that give me advice, help and are great inspirations. I will miss them greatly! The artists I like and look up to are Rachel McLean, Monster Chetwynd, Zadie Xa, Shana Moulton and Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg.

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Kiera Saunders
Vomiton Collective
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Kiera Saunders
into the next room

What has been your favourite thing about ECA and Edinburgh?

My favourite things about ECA have been the painting studios, tutors (special mention to John Brown and Liz Adamson), fellow students and allowing me to develop my art practice freely.

Edinburgh has been a beautiful and active city for starting my artistic journey.

What are your hopes for life after ECA? Do you have any plans?

I hope we don't have another pandemic. However, in the meantime, I want to keep making digital collages virtual spaces and work on building the Vomiton Collective. 

I also hope to have a physical show in the future.

Is there anything you’d like to share about your experience studying here, perhaps relating to the things you’ve learned? 

Despite losing academic and opportunities due to COVID-19 and strikes, I've always felt supported and felt there is a great community.


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