Artist Reception is Saturday, September 26, 1-4 pm The sharp blade of an x-acto knife is just as important in Kirsten Francis’ work as a pencil or paint. Francis begins by drawing expressive figures of people she knows on paper. Then she starts using a sharp blade, cutting out her drawings and as well as found images. The works become more detailed and complex as she cuts and glues together many different images, shapes and textures, from magazine photographs to vintage bird illustrations.
“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, creating layers and adding complexity.” Francis says. 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 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.
Kirsten Francis, http://www.kirstenfrancis.com/
Encinitas Community Center Art Gallery, library hours: Monday-Saturday, 8:00 am-10:00 pm, Sunday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. (760) 943-2268.