M. Frances Foster

Designer, maker and denim enthusiast
based in the middle of the map.

Here I share various visual exercises,
new works, scrapshots of places and things; evidences of life and living
in St. Louis, U.S.A.

A complicated, romantic thing involving
paper scraps, stringed instruments
and phases of the moon

We work in the dark. 
We do what we can.
We give what we have.
Our doubt is our passion.
Our passion is our task.
The rest is the madness of art.


Henry James




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A trenchant series of tableaux

Based on found photographs of abandoned structures neglected by man and destroyed by the weather, Ofra Lapid's small scale models can be likened to the domestic still life photographs of Laura Letinsky. Alluding to human presence, without including any actual figures.

Letinsky photographs the remains of the table so as to investigate the precarious relationships between ripeness and decay, delicacy and awkwardness, control and haphazardness, waste and plenitude, pleasure and sustenance. What is looked at is "after the fact," what (ma)lingers, what persists, and by inference, what is gone. *

SPRAWL, a book I've been enjoying and sometimes citing here, was inspired by the vacated domestic settings of Letinksy's photos. 
I imagine that whatever Dutton might have to say about Lapid's strangled stuctures, I would enjoy reading.

Ofra Lapid  |  Laura Letinsky  |  Danielle Dutton

As the abundance and debris accumulate, the sameness of suburbia gives way to enthralling strangeness. ...attentive to the surfaces of the suburbs and the ways in which life there is willfully, almost desperately, on display."  *

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