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Frances Trombly
updated: 05/18/2009
website: www.francestrombly.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Mop
Mop, detail
Box (Broward Paper and Packaging)
Box (Broward Paper and Packaging)
Canvas Drop Cloth
Fallen
Fallen, detail
Random Receipts
Random Receipts, detail
Jo-Ann
Jo-Ann
Garden Hose, site-specific
Extension Cord, site-specific
Plywood
Welcome
 
Portfolio Keywords:  feminist, conceptual, craft, consumer culture, domestic, repetition, process, childhood, humor, pattern
 
 
Mop by Frances Trombly
Mop
Hand spun silver wool and cotton, wooden mop handle
2008
52 " x  14 "  x 13 " 
Mop, detail by Frances Trombly
Mop, detail
Hand spun silver wool and cotton, wooden mop handle
2008
52 " x  14 "  x 13 " 
Box (Broward Paper and Packaging) by Frances Trombly
Box (Broward Paper and Packaging)
Hand-woven fabric, embroidery, packaging tape
2008
Dimensions variable
Box (Broward Paper and Packaging) by Frances Trombly
Box (Broward Paper and Packaging)
Hand-woven fabric, embroidery, packaging tape
2008
Dimensions variable
Canvas Drop Cloth by Frances Trombly
Canvas Drop Cloth
Hand-woven cotton, embroidery, house paint
2008
Dimensions variable
Fallen by Frances Trombly
Fallen
Hand woven, hand dyed, silk and cotton, 350 linear ft
2006
Dimensions variable
Fallen, detail by Frances Trombly
Fallen, detail
Hand woven, hand dyed, silk and cotton, 350 linear ft
2006
Dimensions variable
Random Receipts by Frances Trombly
Random Receipts
Embroidery on fabric, 10 pieces
2007
Dimensions variable
Random Receipts, detail by Frances Trombly
Random Receipts, detail
Embroidery on fabric, 10 pieces
2007
Dimensions variable
Jo-Ann by Frances Trombly
Jo-Ann
Embroidery on fabric
2007
10" x  3" 
Jo-Ann by Frances Trombly
Jo-Ann
Embroidery on fabric
2007
10" x  3" 
Garden Hose, site-specific by Frances Trombly
Garden Hose, site-specific
Crocheted cotton, 32 linear ft.
2007
36" x  24"  x 6" 
Extension Cord, site-specific by Frances Trombly
Extension Cord, site-specific
Crocheted cotton, 50 linear ft.
2007
Dimensions variable
Plywood by Frances Trombly
Plywood
Cross-stitch
2005
10.5" x  14.4"  x 1.5" 
Welcome by Frances Trombly
Welcome
Hand woven fiber
2006
18" x  30" 

Artist Statement
My work uses trompe-l’oeil effects to recreate mundane objects. I hand make labor-intensive pieces through weaving, embroidery, cross stitch, and crochet. The objects chosen are those consumed often and discarded readily. By choosing these, I invite the viewer to regard throwaway clutter as aesthetically pleasing. My work reverses the conventional hierarchy of value associated with the original. By recreating what is mass-produced I initiate an authority that is missing from the utilitarian original.

The techniques I use are to this day referred to as craft and almost always practiced by women. As women move out of traditional roles, my practice is a monument to women’s history and their everyday labor. These obsessive meditations on the ordinary and the discarded address the value of women’s work and the dominance of white males in political and artistic structures. Historically, fiber work has been regarded as utilitarian or craft, with little inherent or artistic value. This lack of external value in the medium as well as the lack of value in the objects creates the contrasting point I make with this work.

My objects exist in an environment where value lives, where value thrives, the gallery or museum. This contrast confronts the viewer, asking questions about labor, value, history, feminism, class, and the American way of life.

Artist Bio / CV
Education
1
994-1998
Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
BFA Major-GFA, Minor-Art History, Cum Laude Graduate

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2008
Thinking of Things, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

2006
Frances Trombly, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL

2005
Carina Randlov and Frances Trombly, Moti Hasson Gallery, NY, NY
It Makes Me Happy, Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Miami, FL

Group Exhibitions

2009
With You I Want to Live: Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Collection, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Coupling, Buena Vista Building, Design District, Miami, FL

2008
Under the Influence, Girls’ Club & Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Hecho a mano, el oficio en el arte, Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogotá, Columbia
Five Solo Shows, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Open Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
Tuttle, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Yardwork, CasaLin, Miami, FL
Disappearances, Shadows and Illusions, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL

2007
Top Soil, Casa Lin, Miami, FL, Curated by Mette Tommerup
Id Is, Steven Wolf Fine Arts Gallery, SF, CA
Real Time, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
What’s Your Hobby?, The Fireplace Project, E. Hampton, NY, Curated by Beth DeWoody
Craft Women and Rebel Grrrls, MoCA, The Goldman Warehouse, Miami, FL
Stitch in Time, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Drawn In/Drawn Out, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

2006
Papel, Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogota, Columbia
Tour, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna Biennale, Vienna, Austria
Locust Projects, Milwaukee International Art Fair, Milwaukee, WI
Embroidered Stories/Knitted Tales, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Something, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

2005
MoCA and Miami, MoCA, Miami, FL
On the Mark, Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of RI, Kingston, RI
Hanging by a Thread, The Moore Space, Miami, FL
Trading Places, MoCA, N. Miami, FL
For Everyone and No One, MoCA, Miami, FL