What was your experience at Stamps like?
Stamps takes an innovative approach to arts education, which is mostly self-directed. I learned about the inherent challenges and the discipline needed to create a body of work. As a student, I was equipped with life-long skills. Stamps teaches us the importance of engagement with the community.
Any advice for Stamps students?
Follow your interests.
Take the time at Stamps to develop skills.
Build a network and community.
What are you currently working on? Do you have any exhibitions or events coming up?
I have an exhibition opening May 11 – July 1 at SEFA — at their Lower East Side location. The opening is May 18 from 6 – 8, and all are welcome! Find me on Instagram at @franciehesterart and DM me — I would be happy to meet any Stamps students at the gallery during the exhibition.
I will be presenting a new series—Axis series.
In the Axis series, recollection pivots around vivid, etched markers of moments, days, and events — an axis of reference points. Axis includes a constellation of 50 sculpted pieces and separate six-foot pieces, all sculpted aluminum, and plexiglass in the shape of “X.”
The exhibition also includes Crossing Lines, drawing on the literal and figurative uses of the word “line” — bloodlines, headlines, lines of civic boundaries and individual identity, and lines that are emotional, spiritual, and physical; Confluence, exploring the potential for abstraction to meaningfully engage memory through fluid surfaces that interrelate with imperfections of recollection; Convex, examining pathways and repetition that create patterns and cycles of memories — ones lost and found; Strata, an ongoing series that began as a series of chants stripped of imagery in the deafening silence after the Twin Towers went down, and reflects a diary chronicling the layering of days; and Vessels, gentle arcs that create a space for reflection, contemplation, healing — thought, time and memory come together as a fluid collective.
To view more of Francie Hester’s work, visit her website at www.franciehester.com.