Francis Upritchard walks the line between fine art and kitsch fantasy sculpture. She aims to create figurative sculpture that simultaneously takes a look back at the history of the art form as well as peering into its future.
Upritchard's small figures made out of techno-color painted clay take on nonsensical poses and often exist in specially tailored environments--such as under glass domes or on cupboards, tables and chairs--in order to emphasize both their diminutive scale and whimsical character.
For the artist's exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center, she will merge previously created key pieces with new work in an installation specifically tailored for the gallery.
Francis Upritchard was born in New Zealand in 1976 and is currently based in London. She represented New Zealand in the 53rd Venice Biennale and has shown extensively in the UK. This will be her first museum exhibition in the United States.