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Fran Bull: The Art Life

September 1, 2023

October 15, 2023
“Making art is my way of life, one I have pursued since childhood. Through art I am able to express my thoughts, concerns, visions and all that I am. I can indulge in the joys of drawing, painting, print making and sculpting, turning these activities towards the deepest and most serious ends as visual expressions. In an almost shamanic sense, I use the prima materia of my life as a resource for my art.”

In my art, I call upon both figuration and abstraction. Within cycles of inspiration, I flesh out my ideas through painting, sculpture, and printmaking. The questions before me at all times are: what images are needed as emblems of consciousness in our world today? How may I confront, through art, the pressing issues of our time? What stories might reveal something new about the nature of our human existence? I aspire to serve these larger imperatives.

I bring disparate themes and elements together in order to create new syntheses of idea and form. Yet, in some ways, my approach is conservative: I am inspired by the art and beliefs of old civilizations. I bring them forward to make something new.

I think the artist functions as a kind of shaman, a mediator between worlds. To this end, I attempt to travel to the edges of my own being. I am charged with the task of embodying in visual form, insights gained, and discoveries made on my artist’s journey.

I want to be able to show upon completion of a work, “This, too, is art. And, this.” 

https://mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com/fran-bull-the-art-life/

Artist Details

Fran Bull, painter, sculptor, performance artist, teacher, writer and printmaker, from Brandon, VT

Award-winning sculptor, painter and printmaker Fran Bull, has been exhibiting her work worldwide for over 30 years. Her art is included in numerous museum and university collections, ranging from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Guilin Museum in China. She makes her art in Brandon, Vermont, and Barcelona, Spain.

“Making art is my way of life, one I have pursued since childhood. Through art I am able to express my thoughts, concerns, visions and all that I am. I can indulge in the joys of drawing, painting, print making and sculpting, turning these activities towards the deepest and most serious ends as visual expressions. In an almost shamanic sense, I use the prima materia of my life as a resource for my art.”

https://youtu.be/75KCM7-AgDo

 

Location

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts
181-183 Main St, Brattleboro, VT

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