Dear Friends of Bay Park Press…The last exhibition of our season opens Friday, May 20th. We are pleased to welcome back San Diego artist Kirsten Francis for her second show with us. You may remember her superb woodcut reduction prints which celebrated her autobiographical stories in beautiful color. Her new work of mixed media drawing and collage still draws you in with bright, bold color as she seamlessly blends the mediums together in her life stories. Please join us for the opening on the 20th from 5:30 to 8pm and meet the artist. 4138 Napier St. in Bay Park’s growing “downtown”…where Bay Park Press always has art going on!
The sharp blade of an x-acto knife is just as important in Kirsten Francis’ work as a pencil or paint. Francis begins the process by drawing and painting realistic portraits on paper. She then uses a sharp blade to cut out her drawings, freeing them from the background of the paper. The portrait is then interleaved with other cut out images, shapes and textures, often from magazines and vintage books.
“I was a woodblock printmaker for years, carving images into plywood and printing overlapping layers of color. Looking at my work now, I can see I still use similar techniques. I cut away, then add, and do it again, building up layers and and depth.” Francis says. ‘What has changed is the spontaneity in the process. One image can change the context or the direction of an entire piece- I can allow myself to be surprised.”
Francis studied Printmaking at Mesa College and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has had solo shows at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA, the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA and the Encinitas Library, Encinitas, CA. Her work has also been exhibited at the Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA, the Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA, and the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA. She lives with her husband and children in Encinitas, CA.