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.