Saturday, 21 September 2013

Artist of the Week - Frances Bloomfield

Frances Bloomfield creates mixed media box art/collages exploring enigmatic spaces and dialogues between reality and the imaginary. She is currently showing her work at the Brighton Art Fair.

What was your journey to becoming an artist?Very complicated and with several fits and starts.

Is being an artist your only job? 
Being an artist is now my main job after several years of combining it with University teaching which I finished last regrets!

One favourite living artist?
Anselm Kiefer - he is outstanding, uncategorical and continually the scale and ambition of his work makes my jaw drop.

One favourite historical artist?
This is harder.. Too many.. probably Giacometti – the drawings and paintings – they are so exquisitely sad.

If you could collaborate with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?I would like to design and build a huge theme park with Jan Svankmajer. You would never be able to leave!

Who is your style icon?Don’t think I have one …

Last book / film that blew your mind?So Much for That by Lionel Shriver – brilliant and very raw.

Last gig you went to?
Regina Spektor at the De la Warr

How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?
Too many.. although Ebay is a wonderful place to get lost..

If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
I love Brighton and I feel incredibly lucky to live here but Barcelona would be great and I fantasise sometimes about living on a beautiful beach in Sumatra called Bungus Beach.

Where and what is your studio?
My studio is at the top of our house – the attic was converted two years ago– it is wonderful – quiet, airy and very light.

Do you have a good work/life balance?
I don’t really see them as separate now.

What one word would describe your feeling of doing your work?

What would your dream commission be?
See above!

If you could exhibit in any gallery in the world which would it be?The Guggenheim in Venice

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