Who is Francesca?

Francesca stands still, slowly rocking her body as her big toe slightly lifts from the ground. With bedraggled pigtails and a smile slightly askew, she confronts the viewer--sometimes herself-- in quiet contemplation.

Deeply enigmatic and physically arresting, the infantile Francesca exhibits a depth of poignancy in her gaze beyond her seeming innocence. In one edition, Francesca gazes into her reflection through a tiny mirror within the small opening of a fire hose pump. Distant and aloof yet focused and introspective, Francesca acts as a mirror of psychological projection, somewhat of a proxy for the viewer’s inner world.

Originally rendered in clay, bronze casting led Iris to experiment further with the figure’s patina, revealing various formal tensions between shape, colour and line. Francesca is often situated alongside unexpected found objects. Whether encased inside a birdcage or atop a hollow pedestal, the prepubescent Francesca comes into a life of her own with each rendering.

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WHO IS FRANCESCA?

Who is Francesca?

Francesca stands still, slowly rocking her body as her big toe slightly lifts from the ground. With bedraggled pigtails and a smile slightly askew, she confronts the viewer--sometimes herself-- in quiet contemplation.

Deeply enigmatic and physically arresting, the infantile Francesca exhibits a depth of poignancy in her gaze beyond her seeming innocence. In one edition, Francesca gazes into her reflection through a tiny mirror within the small opening of a fire hose pump. Distant and aloof yet focused and introspective, Francesca acts as a mirror of psychological projection, somewhat of a proxy for the viewer’s inner world.

Originally rendered in clay, bronze casting led Iris to experiment further with the figure’s patina, revealing various formal tensions between shape, colour and line. Francesca is often situated alongside unexpected found objects. Whether encased inside a birdcage or atop a hollow pedestal, the prepubescent Francesca comes into a life of her own with each rendering.

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