Hi – I’m Fran Farrar, a printmaker and artist who uses etching, monotype printing and painting to explore very personal emotional responses relating to identity and ancestry. My work uses repeated abstracted shapes and lines to express detailed feelings through a vocabulary of urgent mark making, some of which are further explored through abstract etching techniques. My intimate, short edition prints bring together environmental identity with familial connections through a repertoire of repeated symbols and images, and often make reference to transporting nostalgic recollections. I attach particular significance to the concepts of time and place, and my position within an ancestral chronology.
I am based on the beautiful Isle of Wight and am forever drawn to the sea. I try to seaswim daily throughout the year and take inspiration from my studio’s sea view.
Occasionally I enjoy investigating ceramics and have been working with experimental glazes incorporating coastal material to further explore texture inspired by the coast.