Frances’ projects this year have focused on the autobiographical topic of maternal bereavement. She has channelled all her experiences from the last few months into emotionally charged lino prints. She has always been interested in and engaged with the processes of printmaking and finds it to be a physically laborious and extremely satisfying process. Frances has translated all her thoughts and feelings into the physical actions of carving the lino plates then printing them, she sees them as a visual extension of what is going on in her mind. Frances has been heavily influenced by the narrative prints and murals of street artist Cleon Peterson, but also the writings of Roland Barthes (‘Mourning Diary’) and C.S.Lewis (‘A Grief Observed’) in which she found solace and similarities in their experiences and thoughts to reassure her that she is not going crazy.
‘Aren’t all these notes the senseless writings of a man who won’t accept the fact that there is nothing we can do with suffering except to suffer it?’ – C.S.Lewis.