Frances Goodman


Profile_Frances Goodman

Frances Goodman (Johannesburg, South Africa, 1975) received her MA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College at the University of London, England in 2000. In her multimedia work, Goodman explores definitions of female identity found in popular culture, expressing the aspiration, desire and anxiety that intertwine in its consumption, often using unconventional materials associated with female vanity. These materials include, for example, acrylic nails (made into large-scale sculptures in tongue-in-cheek Pop Art fashion) false eyelashes, and sequins. Goodman's sequined works each take countless hours to sew; this time-consuming meticulous craftsmanship juxtaposes to the frivolity associated with the material. In The Drama, Goodman references Ophelia by the Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais, to highlight the trope of the 'hysterical' dramatic woman, a trope of which Shakespeare's Ophelia is a prime example. Selected exhibitions include the SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, Galleri SPECTA, Copenhagen, Denmark, Zentrum Paul Klee and Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland in 2010. Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.