Fran Forman

Fran Forman

September 8 - October 28

"I make photographic images combining portraiture with dreamed landscapes and the natural world. As my work creates juxtapositions in time as simultaneous and non-linear, it also re-imagines relationships of scale and physical possibility. Although my images violate the laws of physics, they honor the interdependence and connections of humanity with the animals, insects, and plants, which populate the natural world.
 
"My collaged images often begin with tintype portraits of ordinary mid-19th century Americans, on which I 'paint,' reviving the fashion of that time. In isolating the figures from their studio backdrops, I dissolve the traditional boundaries of time and place. I replace the imaginary scenes used as backdrops with my own invented photographic reality. I hope to suggest the connection of humble portraiture to contemporary technology, children to the cosmos, humanity to the natural world, and the spiritual to the physical.

"My work draws inspiration not only from 19th century pictorialist photography but chiefly from the 20th century artists who used color, visual narratives and symbolism to contemplate the human condition: the juxtaposed assemblages of Joseph Cornell, the paintings of Rene Magritte, and the poetry and photography of Duane Michals." 

Fran Forman

Artist's Gallery Talk: Wednesday, September 23, 11:30 am