Good art always has a tendency to be a little freaky. New York artist, Francine Spiegel, creates large portraits of the ‘monstrous feminine’. Including photocollage, video, mixed media assembles and freeform installations, her soupy, melting women protrude from an engulfing slime in every available color.
Rapper’s girlfriends, socialites, and pin-up girls are all thrown into the stew of goo, glitter, and chewing gum. Destroyed and then re-transformed, the girls are featured in a gory situation where repulsion becomes seduction.
Having already been published in New York Times, Vice Magazine and Saatchi Online Journal, Francine has participated in “Portugal Arte 09” in Lisbon, and in “New York Minute” a show that Kathy Grayson curated at the MACRO Future in Rome, Italy 2009. October last year saw her first New York City solo show which was at Deitch Projects NYC.
Being a fan, I got to see Francine’s work up close at Art Basel Miami 2009, where the contradictions within her work and aesthetics really pop out of their given frames and I found myself almost ducking to find cover from the melting stew on the walls. I really like that sense of movement and urgency in her work. It is slow and strong, heavy but witty.
Cant wait to see more!