Bronze / 2019 / Portraiture / Other

Domestic Tranquility

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Other
  • Company
    Fran Forman
  • Photographer
    Fran Forman

‘Domestic Tranquility,’ suggests a paradox and tension between the seemingly solid structures wherein we reside and the illusion of contentment. Although our interior spaces appear to be animated and inhabited, they belie moments of isolation and melancholy.I draw much of my inspiration from the great ‘noir’ cinematographers; by the paintings of Edward Hopper, whose geometric compositions and solitary figures suggested the vague dark edges in everyday life; and by the 17th century Dutch masters who, with light and shadow, portrayed interior domestic life in their ‘genre’ paintings.

Fran studied art and sociology at Brandeis University, received an MSW and then an MFA from Boston University.

She has held a succession of positions in the field of graphic design, book cover art and web design. Between professional life and raising two daughters, Fran continued to create her personal art, combining her illustrative and photographic skills with a passion for surrealism, paradox, illusion, assemblage, the non-human world, and the dislocations of time and place.

Fran is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis and a recipient of several grants. She teaches digital collage at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in. Her work has been exhibited widely, both locally and internationally. She has won significant top prizes: the 2012 Px3 Prix de la Photographie (Gold, Silver, and First Prize in three different categories), where her work is on exhibit in Paris. In 2011, she was one of only thirty Americans invited to attend and exhibit at the 2nd Biennial International Photographic Cultural Festival and Exhibition, Lishui, China, and her work is currently on tour at multiple venues throughout China. Also in 2011, she won Second Prize (among over 8000 entries) from the Worldwide Photography Gala in the Portraits category. In 2010 and 2008, she won first place, second place, and an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards, and an Honorable Mention at the Julia Margaret Cameron awards. In 2010, 2008 and in 2007, she was a winner in PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, their People’s Choice award, and Adobe Photoworkshop.com. Her work appears in journals and magazines and adorns the covers of several books.

She is represented by Panopticon Gallery (Boston), AfterImage Gallery (Dallas), and High Noon Art (Beijing).

Collections: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and private collections