Memories Go Astray showcases a series of mixed media collages created using found imagery.
Willoughby’s practice includes sculpture, installation, and collage, subverting the traditional and manipulating reality. Her work is figurative and aims to distort our preconceptions of the familiar through the manipulation of nostalgic objects and traditional feminine craft. With each piece of work, she provokes a narrative using a series of symbols that are often nostalgic objects, inviting the viewer to reflect on their own history. The work acknowledges the greyness and fog of emotions, using conflicting materials of textiles, wire and pins to convey the uncertainty and instabilities of life.
A fogginess re-emerges within her collage work where found photographs inspire curiosity and provoke unanswerable questions. These strangers represent faded memories, an anonymous snapshot into another reality. After spending several years carefully cataloguing her own family photographs, she became more interested in collecting those she has no link to. Undefined and malleable their past unknown, they enable new narratives to be woven. These images have become an inexplicit memorial, conveying a sense of fragmentation and loss.
Frances Willoughby is a British multidisciplinary artist based in Bristol. She predominately works with sculpture and collage using a mixture of found objects and images. Her work explores themes such as memory, nostalgia and the uncanny.
Frances holds a BA (hons) in Fine Art from Arts University Bournemouth. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the Mall Galleries and the Royal West of England Academy. In 2019 she completed an artist residency at the Helmut Gallery in Leipzig, Germany, which resulted in a solo show titled 'When Things Fall Apart'.