Francis Upritchard
New Zealander, born 1976
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Tate
Selected exhibitions
2018
Pots,
Anton Kern Gallery
2014
Francis Upritchard,
Kate MacGarry
Hammer Projects: Francis Upritchard,
Hammer Museum

Francis Upritchard sculpts small figures that she combines with found objects such as fake Wedgwood vases, ceramic lamp bases, and vintage jewelry. Using beautiful custom-made tables crafted by her furniture-designer husband, Martino Gamper, Upritchard creates nostalgia-laden tabletop tableaux that explore asceticism and excess by dwarfing symbolic human characters and archetypes with cast-off detritus from everyday life. Her preoccupation—both philosophical and aesthetic—with reclamation and reuse has grown out of a lifestyle that embraces all forms of scavenging, from thrift shopping to garbage picking. By surrounding her vulnerable sculptures with unexpected objects like faux-Maori sculptures, field hockey sticks and other sporting equipment, funerary urns, shrunken monkey heads made from found fur, and old leather gloves, Upritchard creates alternative histories.