Frances Drayson’s work explores possibilities of dissent or expression through or despite mediation. Recent installations draw on European secular and religious traditions and sites of production, commune and control. Floor-based sculptures warp the affective devices of sequence, restraint and repetition found in Churches, industrial farming, minimalism and fascist architecture. Gothic arches, cattle grids, totemic columns and pallets demarcate floor spaces below video, large wall drawings or digital prints. These 2D works express a position or characters that attempt to queerly defy representation through brevity, fragmentation or insularity. In all of these forms of making, the porosity of boundaries between natural, authentic and synthetic are exploited to reflect a distrust of general distinctions.
Frances lives and works in London. She received a Postgraduate Diploma from Royal Academy of Arts in 2019, having previously completed her BA at Slade School of Fine Art (2010). Recent exhibitions and projects include: Crypsis Pairing (Solo Exhibition) at Art Lacuna (London, 2020), Lathe of Heaven (Solo Exhibition) at Lily Brooke (London, 2019), Merry Widows (Solo Exhibition) at White Cubicle (London, 2018), Dinner Party (Group Exhibition) at Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2018).