Susan Eley Fine Art, New York
Francie Hester’s medium is acrylic paint applied to aluminum honeycombed panels and steel. Her method includes painting, sanding, drilling, rubbing, removing, and reapplying paint until the surface has been worked and re-worked, resulting in both a building up and an excavation. A final layer of wax and raw pigment pulls out the patina and richness of the layered colors.
Moving between a variety of shapes and sizes—squares, tall vertical strips, circles—Hester explores the different properties that each shape offers in vivid colors and rich, textile-like patterns. Mostly two dimensional, but suspended off the wall, the work is somewhere between painting and sculpture.
“My work is a series of studies and reflections on how pattern emerges from random events, how random events form memory, and how the passage of time shapes a life,” says Hester. “The work evokes the unknown or unknowable, and draws on the ordering principles of mathematics and science to contemplate how order and sequence are created from disconnected events.
“The most recent series, Suspending, reflects our current world, chaotic and overwhelming, and ponders our collective sense of order and disorder. The objective is to suspend, to find a place of contemplation, order and rhythm. The work is meant to create an opening for contemplation and catharsis and to spark hope and joy.”
Hester has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She has received honorary grants from the District of Columbia, from the Arts Council of Montgomery County, MD and from the Maryland State Arts Counsel. Hester’s commissioned works include two sculptures for Memorial Sloan Kettering In New York City and an 18-foot atrium piece for the Chicago Kent College of Law. Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections including the World Bank, Airbus, Capital One and the International Monetary Fund. She received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan. She is represented by Susan Eley Fine Art in New York City.