Born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, 1976
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom
Born in New Plymouth, New Zealand and currently based in London, Francis Upritchard’s art making practice has taken her across the globe. Her sculptures are a definitively curious cast of characters created with polymer clay, waxes, paper maché and balata (a Brazilian rubber) forming figures often set on stylized metal plinths, furniture, or against textile backdrops. They are frequently displayed in groups, in dramatic poses, sometimes painted in fantastic colors wearing peculiar drapes and cloaks. Her latest figures are larger than dolls, facing viewers at eye level with vague and distant expressions.
Upritchard’s sources of inspiration are vast and eclectic. Across interviews she has referenced hippies, jesters, medieval knights, spiritual seekers and the Maori peoples of her native country. She looks back to traditions but translates craft and forms into uncanny and often perturbing figures.