By Tchera Niyego
Pauline Bloomfield’s work bleeds and gushes way over the pieces she creates. Technically a textile artist, and originally trained as an illustrator, she is really a storyteller; a narrator servicing Space. Born in England to Jamaican parents the artist’s essential feature is the female principal; black yet comely. The heavenly bride and mother often depicted in Bloomfield’s work is emptiness itself gloriously full of all that is possible.
African and Caribbean poetry, short stories, myths and legends; inspire and inform Bloomfield’s artwork. The artist has been teaching for the Embroiderer’s Guild for over 18 years. She also teaches pottery and English literacy, her art indeed overflowing through action.
Painted silk chiffon, organzas, dupion silks and various cottons are layered building up the pieces on an unprocessed cotton base, also known as muslin or calico, using a sewing machine to draw whiplash lines and circles composing the space in which space will pour herself out, like water pouring into water… The figure is stitched on last using fillerwork techniques and finer details such as the face, fingers, toes and hair are hand stitched with finesse.
Bloomfield’s main character ever-present in all her work, divine emptiness herself; is indeed a blissful one. Her inseparable completeness with her surroundings gives the viewer the sensation of floating in the elements, whether predominantly fire, water, air or earth; effortlessly as she is the binding element of all. She is the dwelling of beauty in utter intimacy. Bloomfield’s work is an invitation. Who can resist!?