Frances Bloomfield is an artist living and working in Brighton. Following the completion of her degree in Fine Art from Ravensbourne College of Art she exhibited with several galleries including Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Art Net, London and also at Documenta VI in Kassel as a guest of Joseph Beuys. Bloomfield was a senior lecturer in graphic design for several years at The Cass School of Art & Design and the University of the Arts in London.
During the last 6 years Frances Bloomfield has created a significant body of work, which she has exhibited widely. Her work has been selected for curated Brighton Festival exhibitions at the Brighton Dome and for the 2011 London Group Open Exhibition. Her work was also selected for East Sussex Open 2013 held at The Towner Gallery and in 2015 she was chosen for the Aesthetica Art Prize longlist. She is currently represented by Liberty Gallery for international and UK art fairs, Medici Gallery (London), Saffron Art Gallery (East Grinstead) and Byard Art (Cambridge). Alongside this she has worked with her partner, Pete Fraser, on several design projects with a range of clients, recently these include commissions in 2015/ 2016/2017 to collaborate with CountryLab, Turin, on the design of the exhibition stands for Gebruder Thonet Vienna at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Her work can best be described as a series of fascinating dreamscapes exquisitely created in three-dimensional collage. Each piece is like a small theatre set which plays with space and perspective to draw the viewer into the curious worlds she creates. The subject matter is drawn from the domestic, the industrial and the natural worlds but there are recurrent themes throughout her body of work. Notably there is always a suggestion of parallel realities – it might be a juxtaposition of what is considered ‘real’ and what is imagined or desired or the conflict between the façade and what could really be occurring behind it. However the meanings are not prescriptive and it is for the viewer to contemplate and reflect upon these mysterious scenarios.
Inspiration for the work comes from an eclectic range of sources: industrial ruins, the back streets of several European cities, geometry and wiring diagrams, maps and plans, detritus from the seashore, unusual found objects and various texts most notably writing from R.D.Laing, Gaston Bachelard and Italo Calvino.
Frances Bloomfield’s work will be available online soon.