Frances Ryan – Scottish Artist from Denny, Stirlingshire
Frances studied Fine Art at DJCAD Dundee and at Edinburgh College of Art, she works in Collage using found images, vintage ephemera, mixed media and mark making. In this world saturated with images Collage brings a focus on looking, on finding hidden narratives, on connected histories and shared experiences.
Frances has exhibited in Scotland, London, Belgium and the USA and in January 2019 won the Visual Arts Scotland, Studio Faire Residency Award, she was also a recent award winner in a Kanyer Art Collection online open competition and now has work in their collection in the USA
I explore found histories and conjoined identities. My work has been described as poetic and emotional and it often revolves around characters both real and imagined, bringing a narrative to life to tell their story and highlight both weakness and strength.
I work mainly with Collage and Mark Making, and I find Collage has its own agenda; the seemingly random pairing of images and ephemera always brings something unintended and adds another layer to the characters and narrative. The Mark Making is more emotive, expressive and direct, this can be mindful and delicate as well as sometimes visceral and comes not only with the marks made by pencils, charcoal, paint brushes and graphite but also with the cut of the scissors. For me Collage always brings an element of surprise to the work.