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What’s On: Religious paintings reflect traditional and modern images

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

One of Zoe Cameron’s paintings which will be on display in St Breaca Church in Breage, near Helston, on Saturday

One of Zoe Cameron’s paintings which will be on display in St Breaca Church in Breage, near Helston, on Saturday

The 11 oil paintings were especially made by Zoe Cameron for the Godolphin Chapel at St Breaca Church.An artist whose Stations of the Cross series is enjoyed by worshippers at Truro Cathedral every Easter will be holding a one-day exhibition of new religious work in the village of Breage, near Helston, this week.

One of the most striking pieces depicts the war in Syria and represents conflict in the world. It is accompanied by flower paintings on either side, which act as symbolic memorials to the suffering and loss of war.

Zoe, who lives near Helston, said: “This painting was inspired by a news report I heard in June about a woman living in Syria. She told a reporter that in the morning she was making breakfast for her family when she heard a helicopter flying over her house. They dropped a bomb which destroyed her home and shattered he husband’s leg. This troubled me, and I decided to make a painting about it.

“So when this opportunity to put work together in the chapel at St Breaca Church came along, it seemed appropriate to show the painting there for the first time.”

Several of the pieces going on display in Breage this Saturday feature angels, including two small paintings about St Ives.

“Canvases of Adam and Eve will be fitted into the chapel’s oak entrance doors, the subject intended to remind visitors of the biblical creation story,” said Zoe. “A large Madonna and Child will hang to the left of the altar, in which Jesus is depicted standing as a small child, almost absent-mindedly wrapping himself in his mother’s red cloak. And under their feet, the decoration echoes the worn pattern found on the Godolphin Chapel wall.”

Zoe has worked as a lecturer at Falmouth College of Art and Design, Cornwall College, Plymouth University and Exeter University, and led workshops at Tate St Ives. She has held solo shows in Bristol, St Ives, Saltram, Truro, Topsham and Penzance, as well as contributing to numerous mixed exhibitions.

Describing herself as “a believer”, she added: “Although this may be something of a generalisation, I do believe that most Christians are trying to make the world a better place.”

Paintings by Zoe Cameron can be seen at St Breaca Church in Breage, near Helston, on Saturday, August 30, from 11am to 3pm. Admission is free and much of the work on display will be for sale as part of the village’s fundraising event.

 

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