Fran Forman (b. 1945), who lives in Massachusetts, is presently a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She has been in numerous shows and has won several prestigious international awards and honors for her art.
Ms. Forman observes about her work: “My images blur the boundaries between the real and the unreal, re-imagining worlds that, like our own, remain forever a mystery. I invite the viewer to look closely, to engage with me in an imaginative discourse, and to enter into a world of dreams and memory.” Most of the imagery in the show are from her series entitled To Insure Domestic Tranquility. Her complete description of the work is below.
“The first line of the United States Preamble to the Constitution assures us of an environment free of unrest, discord, apprehension, and strife. Recent events in our country threaten not only the Constitution itself but also the structures that present the illusion of safety and permanence.
Despite guarantees of safety in our homes and public places, our lives are too often filled with anxiety, isolation, transience, melancholy, and discord, illuminating a world unsettled and unmoored. Safe refuge is no longer guaranteed.
This series presents the paradox and tension between the elegant and solid structures upon which our country was founded, and their illusion of tranquility.
In the creation of these works my primary influences are: the paradoxical and dreamy narratives of Magic Realism; contemporary cinematography and those 'in-between' moments; and the visually stunning art of 17th-century Dutch Masters. In their small paintings, the placement of the figure within the interior space and the dramatic use of chiarascuro, color, perspective and harmony serve to illuminate the harmonious, emotional lives of their subjects.
While adhering to the standards of these earlier masters' composition and design, my tableaux suggest the discord and heartbreak threatening our elegant and solid traditions. My contemporary scenes harken to these earlier masters, yet are created with modern tools that composite traditional photography and imagined realities.”