Debra Franses-Bean is mostly dedicated to create artistic bags which she calls art bags. Her sculptures are kitsch resin handbags – with dollar bills, Little Ponies, pocket watches, or rusted keys encased within them presenting the viewer with a parody of commercial designer desirables through hyper-real emulation.
Debra graduated of the Central Saint Martins art school in London. Her Studio is as transparent as her work, with large glass windows that echo the exposed contents of her artbag sculptures, only the glass studio’s contents are continually in flux, unlike her Artbags which are frozen moments of consumption.
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Debra work takes its cue from the kitschy elements of popular culture, referencing both pop art and post modernism’s endeavours to embody these ideals. The relentless repetition of this as a form and concept is replete with notions of the mass manufactured products that contribute to society’s increasingly cluttered landscape of ‘stuff’.
The artist explores ideas centred on consumption and mass production and acknowledge the complex relationship that we have with material objects as consumable goods – our penchant to consume is denigrated by the ensuing guilt and anxiety that tends to follow. These handbags are commodities in and of themselves.
In as much as these works are a nod to pop art, they also allude to the digital age, as the very process by which the contents of these resin handbags are acquired is through online shopping and social networking.
Debra’s art bag is a Pandoras box of frozen moments, evoking a sense of the female drama.
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