Fiona Blake
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Single Moment Series

These images are from my 'Single Moment' Series.  Thye have captured a single moment in time that through ever changing light conditions can never be repeated or 'captured' again

Cambridge Doorways

 

I have just completed a Fine Art degree at Cambridge School of Art after a long career in mental health care. I am interested in the representation of collective experience, memory and patina. Recent work has been inspired by my continuing work with homeless people at Jimmy’s Cambridge a charity that provides accommodation and support. All proceeds from my work go to Jimmy’s.

Recently I painted doorways where homeless people might shelter, stop to beg or spend the night. Homeless people shun depiction so I used their belongings and traces of their presence to indicate their occupancy. Gradually I removed these elements and painted doorways of empty premises or of shops that betray traces of past lives. These became emblematic of the transience of modern businesses, either because they moved on or because the business failed. This expanded my concern for the transience of homeless individuals to the uncertainty of the whole community in the face of change and adversity such as the recent pandemic.

My Events

Cambridge Open Windows
4 Jul 2020 - 10:00 to 15:00
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Cambridge Open Windows
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July Open Studios

oil paintings
My subject is thresholds, my medium is oil paint. In recent work I contemplate shops in transition and the homeless who may shelter in the doorway.
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study-iv-monochrome-empty-shop-mill-road.jpgI have just finished a degree in Fine Art at Cambridge School of Art and have combined my continuing work with homeless people with my artwork. I volunteer at Jimmy's Cambridge a charity that provides accommodation and support to homeless people. All proceeds from my artwork go to Jimmy's. Recently I painted doorways where homeless people might shelter, stop to beg or spend the night. Homeless people tend to be reluctant to be depicted so I used their belongings and traces of their presence to indicate their occupancy. Gradually I removed these elements and painted doorways of empty premises or of shops that betray traces of past lives. These became emblematic of the transience of modern businesses, either because they moved on or because the business failed. This expanded my concern for the transience of homeless individuals to the uncertainty experienced by the whole community in times of change and economic challenge.