Hollie DeFrancisco hails from
the eastern shores of Massachusetts where her creative journey began. As a
young girl she was fascinated with fantasy, fairytales, and horror movies,
often peering through cracked doors to watch snippets of Nightmare on Elm
Street and Sleepaway Camp long before such activities would be
deemed appropriate. Enthralled by the wonder, mystery, and nervous energy it
produced she grew. Eventually, Japanese Animation made its way to America and
the beautiful colors, intricate plots, and spindly characters swept her away.
In 2010 Hollie graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts where she honed her skills, blending inspirations from Western Comics, Manga, and campy horror films. Hollie delights in creating whimsical creatures and approachable nightmares, focusing mainly in acrylic paint, ink, and watercolors.
Hollie DeFrancisco, currently the Gallery Manager for Spirit Room, has been represented by and exhibited her work in group shows both nationally and regionally in galleries including: Alexander Breast Gallery, Underbrush Art Gallery, Spirit Room, and The Rourke.
In 2016 I found I was pregnant with a daughter I never anticipated having. This joyous event threw my personal and professional life into chaos. I lost my job, lost function in my hands, and lost my mind. After giving birth I suffered post-partum sadness and dealt with the varying anxieties of still limited function in my hands, the fog barely clearing from my mind, and the pressures of caring for my beautiful daughter.
While lacking the ability to create I had plenty of time to reflect on the strange otherness of pregnancy, the indignities of our society, and the process of re-connecting with yourself as an individual after becoming a parent. I chose to put together this exhibit of macabre whimsy paintings and ink illustrations as a means to reflect on all the weird, and not always pleasant, emotions involved with bearing and raising my child in hopes that the guilts I felt at my lack of joy can aid other new parents.
- Thread of Conversation
- Apathetic Consumption
- Only Child
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