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Frances Jetter
updated: 07/30/2009
website: www.francesjetter.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Drowning
Skirt
Oh
Dead Thing
Untitled (Dead Thing on Barge)
Lunchbox
79th Street and Broadway
My Bedroom
Coney Island Avenue
My Parents, 1946
Untitled (Flower woman, decomposing)
Little Big Brother
Untitled (Swiss cheese man and rat)
Moonman on Earth- the Sea of Oblivion
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, collage, narrative, political, social criticism, surreal, animals, psychological, landscape, autobiographical
 
 
Drowning by Frances Jetter
Drowning
inkjet print with scanned materials, unique
2008
40 " x  70 " 
Skirt by Frances Jetter
Skirt
inkjet prints pieced together on India-inked paper
2007
30 " x  40 " 
Oh by Frances Jetter
Oh
inkjetprints pieced together on India-inked paper
2007
40" x  30" 
Dead Thing by Frances Jetter
Dead Thing
Inkjet print (from scanned original sculpture) collaged onto India inked paper
2006
40" x  30" 
Untitled (Dead Thing on Barge) by Frances Jetter
Untitled (Dead Thing on Barge)
graphite and charcoal drawing
2007
22" x  30" 
Lunchbox by Frances Jetter
Lunchbox
Pencil drawings backed with wood, painted wood base
2007
2.5 " x  11 "  x 8.5 " 
79th Street and Broadway by Frances Jetter
79th Street and Broadway
Graphite drawings on paper backed with wood
2007
3.5" x  6"  x 7" 
My Bedroom by Frances Jetter
My Bedroom
Balsa wood box, graphite drawings backed with wood
2003-2006
6" x  6"  x 6" 
Coney Island Avenue by Frances Jetter
Coney Island Avenue
Graphite drawings on paper backed with wood, painted wood base
2004
2.5" x  12.5"  x 10.5" 
My Parents, 1946 by Frances Jetter
My Parents, 1946
Graphite drawings on paper backed with wood, shell with cutout window
2005
2" x  7.25"  x 9" 
Untitled (Flower woman, decomposing) by Frances Jetter
Untitled (Flower woman, decomposing)
Charcoal drawing with inkjet print from scan
2006
30" x  22" 
Little Big Brother by Frances Jetter
Little Big Brother
Charcoal and graphite drawing and inkjet print (from original photograph)
2006
30" x  22" 
Untitled (Swiss cheese man and rat) by Frances Jetter
Untitled (Swiss cheese man and rat)
Charcoal and graphite drawing and inkjet print (from original sculpture)
2006
24" x  18" 
Moonman on Earth- the Sea of Oblivion by Frances Jetter
Moonman on Earth- the Sea of Oblivion
Charcoal drawing with inkjet print (from original sculpture)
2006
30" x  22" 

Artist Statement

Transformed Landscape
My scuptures have always had a strong relationship to drawing.
The 3 dimensional drawings consist of  tiny figures, backed with wood, in space, with or without objects. In the 2 dimensional images, digital prints  made from scans of small sculptures greatly enlarged, are pieced together and collaged with graphite, charcoal drawing, or inked black paper. Many of the images make a small joke about mortality, which can be in the form of an ordinary eraser. Thoughts about the Patriot Act, along with the sight of sprouting potatoes, transmuted these ordinary parts of the American landscape into grotesque, spying, many-eyed monsters. I’ve continued to use images from my cheese sculptures, made several years ago. Their fleshiness, along with their craters, make them seem especially vulnerable and damaged. One is “Moonman on Earth" Drawings or printouts from sculptures. “Untitled,” (Dead Thing), one made of scanned material, another is a graphite drawing of a newspaper and tape sculpture, were inspired by the cartoon image of a dead creature, on its back, feet in the air, eyes x’ed out. I wondered at what point the figure would be comic,tragic, or ambiguous, and how the particular setting or scale could alter perception. It can be a loss of an ideal or an individual, someone’s monumental tragedy, or  mere “dead thing” to someone else.

Artist Bio / CV



Selected Exhibitions
Solo Shows:
“Bronze Bodies,” Broadway Windows, New York University, NY, NY, 2002
Davidson Galleries, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA, 1992, 1983
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, 1991
Group Shows:                                                              “Insight: Contemporary Approaches to Drawing”, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, 2009                                             “Art of The Times (Times Four)” Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University,N.., 2008                                                           "War and Empire" Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, Ca,2008                                             
“The Art of Democracy”, The National Arts Club, NYC, 2008
“8th International Toy Theatre Festival”, Great Small Works, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Dumbo, Brooklyn, 2008
“Peace” Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2008
"Private & Published”, Westchester Community College, New Prints, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA, 2006
“Cut, Bite, and Stroke, Techniques in Printmaking” Firehouse Art Gallery, Nassau Community College, Garden City, N.Y, 2004
“Printmaking Now”, Westchester Gallery, SUNY, Westchester Community College, White Plains, N.Y, 2003
“Body Language” Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, 2002
“Contemporary Relief Prints” Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA, 2002
Politics and Conflicts Show at “House of Docs” Gallery at the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, 2002
“Body Work”, The Work Space, New York. NY, 2001
“La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine et Ses Invités des U.S.A.”, Paris, 1995
“The Women’s Room” at Parson’s School of Design, NY, NY, 1994
“The Art of Politics”, San Jose State University Art Galleries, San Jose, CA, 1993


Public Collections:
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Detroit Institute of Arts - Detroit, Michigan
The New York Public Library Print Collection , N.Y. Grinnell College, Print and Drawing Study Room, Grinnell, Iowa

Awards:
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 2003

Teaching:
Faculty, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY 1979 - Present

Education:
Parsons School of Design, NYC, B.F.A.