PINK CRUSH describes the visual iconography of late 20th-century girlhood, reflecting the ways in which the esthetics of an era shape a developing sense of self. The motifs and colors are reminiscent of Lisa Frank and other girlie-girl pop obsessions of the 80’s and 90’s. Despite a wariness of the saccharine, childlike qualities the subjects convey, the series as a whole betrays a longstanding attraction, and exposes how those girlish fixations can remain both outside and inside of us as grown women.
Let Virtue Be Your Guide
Let Virtue Be Your Guide examines the artist's family, and their deeply rooted history as early settlers of New England (one ancestor, John Howland, was a deckhand aboard The Mayflower). Unearthing the idea of feminine “virtue” from the confines of its historical meaning, Denny’s photographs of the women in her family have a watchful quality, as if she is defining for herself what it means to be a woman. Her subjects, and the domestic spaces they inhabit, together evoke a distinct and well-worn privilege. But Denny finds the places where seams pull apart, exposing the shifts occurring across generations of women. The resulting collection of images becomes a search for meaning in heritage, a challenge to the notion of legacy, and the artist’s reckoning with a traditional version of American femininity.
Frances F. Denny (born 1984) is an internationally exhibited artist and photographer whose work investigates the development of female selfhood and identity. Originally from Boston, she holds a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.
Frances' 2014 series Let Virtue Be Your Guide has received numerous awards. In 2015, the Magenta Foundation named Frances a Flash Forward Winner for the series, and in 2014 she was awarded Top 50 Critical Mass by Photolucida. Frances' work has been exhibited at ClampArt, Aperture, and The Griffin Museum of Photography, as well as Brown University, the College of William & Mary, New York University, and Rhode Island School of Design. It is held in private collections and in the collection of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. In 2014, Frances was named as one of “5 Photographers to Watch” by LightLeaked.
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