Fran Siegel

Fran SiegelArtist’s Statement

My drawings and installations explore the realm between physical and perceptual space. I work with lightweight materials such as paper, wire and string to create an open form of spatial drawing that engages solid and void. Ephemeral shifts in light and perspective play an important role in extending the presence of the work beyond its material borders.

The endless horizontal span, diverse geography and atmospheric conditions of Los Angeles are the phenomena that drive my current large-scale drawings. Aerial reference photographs that I take during flights into LAX expose abrupt transitions where geometrically designed communities collide with natural land contours. The city’s lack of a central master plan continues to evolve as a sprawling idiosyncratic structure. My accumulative and subtractive process of drawing, cutting and collage is a means to seam together multiple viewpoints. The drawings’ complexity generates an aesthetic expression of displacement, reflecting the rootless experience of life in the contemporary urban landscape.



Select Solo Exhibitions

Illuminations and Land Drawings in Black and Blue, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York

Companion, IX Bienal Internacional de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador, US representative commissioned by U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs

Overlap, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, Calif.

Select Group Exhibitions

Slash, Museum of Art and Design, New York

Rogue Wave, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, Calif.
Under the Knife, Armory Center for the Arts Pasadena, Pasadena, Calif.

From and About Place, Center for Contemporary Art Tel-Aviv, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Looky See, Ben Maltz Art Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Studio Art, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.

Fellowships and Awards

Individual Artist Fellowship, Bogliasco Foundation, The Liguria Study Center, Genova, Italy

Corporation of Yaddo Residency Award, Saratoga Springs, New York

The Fund for U.S. Artists, U.S. representative for the IX Cuenca Biennale, Cuenca, Ecuador

COLA, City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship Award


1987, M.F.A.
Yale University School of Art

1982, B.F.A.
Tyler School of Art, Temple University