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Life is Still Life

Life is Still Life presents an exciting selection of modern and contemporary works by women artists in the genre of still life.

Light. Time. Space. – an exhibition of photographs by Robin Stemp

Fri 20 January - Thu 2 March

Clare Hall

Stemp's work is calm and restrained, suggesting narratives which are open and inconclusive. The scenes seem to draw the viewer in, imaginatively, and invite interpretations from the individual’s personal experience.

The artist writes: 'Originally a painter, I was seduced into photography in the early 2000s and I love the camera and working with a computer. However, I still think as a painter and so my images are quite painterly, and any influences are not from photographers but from painters such as Vilhelm Hammershoi with his interiors, in their spare simplicity, and Georgio Morandi with his resonant still lifes.

Because I want large, almost empty rooms to photograph and we live in a small house, I create my own, and these have to be in miniature. I aim to evoke an atmosphere – sometimes one of silence, peace, or something about to happen. Usually, these interiors are in my studio, but they can be moved and taken to the coast or the country. I have returned to painting by making backgrounds – usually the sea – and the painted scene and the miniature interior, or actual still life objects are juxtaposed in the same frame, with the view often seen through an open window.

If I have to sum up the one essential point of my work, I would say it is the light and the timing of that light. Light and time and the idea of something happening. Not last week, not tomorrow, but now, today, this minute. At other times, maybe, the mood is one of expectancy – is someone about to come into the room and sit on the single chair – or have they just left? This applies even to a painted background – something entirely artificial – the light is still a creator of mood and atmosphere.'

Cost: Free

Enquiries and booking

No need to book.

Timing

In person

10:00am-5:00pm daily from Friday 20 January until Thursday 2 March

All times

Fri 20 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 21 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 22 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Mon 23 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Tue 24 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Wed 25 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Thu 26 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Fri 27 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 28 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 29 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Mon 30 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Tue 31 January 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Wed 1 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Thu 2 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Fri 3 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 4 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 5 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
TodayMon 6 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Tue 7 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Wed 8 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Thu 9 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Fri 10 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 11 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 12 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Mon 13 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Tue 14 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Wed 15 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Thu 16 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Fri 17 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 18 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 19 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Mon 20 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Tue 21 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Wed 22 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Thu 23 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Fri 24 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 25 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun 26 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Mon 27 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Tue 28 February 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Wed 1 March 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Thu 2 March 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Venue

Address: Clare Hall
Herschel Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB3 9AL
Email: art@clarehall.cam.ac.uk
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