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MARY FRANK

MARY FRANK

Artist Work

I Did it for You
2007
bronze, steel
40" x 5" x 5"
Daddy, Oh Daddy, Daddy
2006
hand wrought chain and replica AK47, wood, bowling ball, stone
20 feet x 3 feet x variable
Flower Power
2006
rustoleum on wood, hand wrought chain, bowling ball
48" x 40" x variable
Till the Day I Die
2006
steel, aluminum, stone
40" x 5" x 5"
Red Sky
2007
bronze, wood, steel
84 " x 12" x 12"

Artist Information

Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Bio

Mimi Frank Mimi Frank was born in 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts , advanced studies at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, and received her Master in Fine Art from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. Ms Frank currently lives and works in Maryland and has served on the faculty of The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), Georgetown University (Washington, DC), and the University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland). In her work, musings about life, relationships, objects and their ironies when juxtaposed are repeatedly presented for our consideration. Occasionally humorous, but always attentively crafted, Ms Frank’s sculptures use materials that are classic to our notion of sculpture, while embodying images that may leave us uncomfortable with their implications of love, lust, loss and longing. By contrasting found objects including bowling balls and rocks with crafted objects such as handguns and AK47’s she keeps her viewers guessing at her intent and message. Hand forged chains and replica guns establish narratives leading to interpretations that are discomforting while simultaneously rewarding the viewer with a sense of a well crafted object. Fascination with objects of destruction trumps a denial of the fear associated with these same objects. Ms Frank’s use of industrial materials has played a major part in her history of sculpture making. Her hand wrought steel chains, while bent and hammered, retain the marks of their making. The crafting of the many elements of her work successfully plays rugged facture against psychological content. In her most recent work, Ms Frank explores the inherent properties of steel (its tensile strength and ductility) to model forms that “inhabit” space rather than reside in a space. Viewers feel the presence of these works rather than simply observe them. These shapes are slightly larger than human scale and although not confrontational they energize and transform the surrounding environment. Ms Frank has exhibited nationally and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including several individual artist awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her work is included in several private collections. Reviews of her work have been published in the Washington Post, the Washington Times, New Art Examiner, City Paper, and others.