23/6/2023 - 20/8/2023
Inspired by forms of healing and therapy Hutchinson creates large scale installations that encapsulates the audience evoking a sense of peace and resilience. Using ephemeral materials such as latex, wax, paper and clay she explores the transience of life, whilst using techniques such as embossing, casting, suturing and embroidery to articulate both the trace of memory and narrative connected to the past as well as religious/ritualistic and medical aspects of illness in her work. Her work is ever-evolving and intuitive. Her works deal with her family, and her family’s heritage coming from the Travelling community.
Through her recent body of work, Hutchinson highlighted the unseen areas of an invisible illness, such as the meticulous and mundane activities that consumes a sufferer’s life. Activities such as the laborious act of taking medication and praying. These are physical and psychological acts that are both time-consuming and repetitive, but they are also silent and hidden. Both religious and medical elements are translated in her work through deliberate sequencing and repetition which connotates uniformity and passage of time.
Francesca Hutchinson (1999) is an Offaly based multidisciplinary artist. She has recently graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design wherein she specialised in Fine Art, Painting. Her most recent work consists of a large-scale installation, which creates a space for peace and hope, through reconciliation and reflection of oneself. By examining how religion and illness can intertwine, and how religion can be used as a form of healing and therapy, even through the discourse of mortality.
Her work stems from a variety of inspirations, intuitively her works are motivated by her family, and her family’s heritage coming from the Travelling community.
Recent exhibitions include a body of work inspired by Keatings Nights Candles have Burnt Out, at the Hunt Museum, Co. Limerick 2020; a series of embroidered Beady Pockets at the Glucksman Museum Cork, 2022; and Ephemera Limerick School of Art & Design 2022.
Francesca is continuing her journey through education by pursuing a Professional Master of Education in Art and Design. Her ambition is to continue to pursue her career as an artist and as a teacher, by enriching the lives of young people through the joy and freedom creativity brings.