Debra Franses Artbag Artist

Tangerine Dream
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Tangerine Dream
Sunshine Yellow
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Sunshine Yellow
Daisy Daisy
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Daisy Daisy
Splashy
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Splashy
Vulnerable
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Vulnerable
British Blue
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
British Blue
Armadillo
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Armadillo
Branded
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Branded
Emerald
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Emerald
Pewter Red Fade
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Pewter Red Fade
Pink Pearl Fade
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Pink Pearl Fade
Passion
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Passion
Black Lace
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Black Lace
Mother of Pearl
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Mother of Pearl
Handbag of Hearts
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Handbag of Hearts
Mauve Miniatures
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Mauve Miniatures
Deepest Purple
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Deepest Purple
Blue for You
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Blue for You
Turqoise Delight
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Turqoise Delight
Lipstick Red
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Lipstick Red
Rhubarb and Custard
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Rhubarb and Custard
Yes Yes Yellow
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
Yes Yes Yellow

We are delighted to offer exciting and highly original works from the Artbag series created and made by artist Debra Franses. Debra describes Artbag as a window into her soul and it was whilst studying at Central St Martins School of Art (2002-2005) that the idea for these first materialised. Debra took a beautiful handbag from a top couture house and adapted it into a silicone mould for casting. The first bag was in heavy white plaster, but, her next bag, Catch, was cast in resin, and featured a goldfish inside a tank of water, mounted on a plinth. Her first pieces were highly autobiographical as through these Debra visualised how she was feeling about various areas of her life. Although this focus has shifted over time Debra acknowledges that every bag is a distillation of who she has met, where she has been and what she has seen in the world. As Debra explains, ‘…all interactions leave a trace in me which inspire my work’.

Every Artbag has a title and these are equally as intriguing: ranging from a single, punchy word through to smart, thought-provoking statements which brand and define the Artbag. Debra explores ideas centred on consumption and mass production, and recognises the complex relationship we have with material objects as consumable goods. With their kitschy elements these works are a clear nod to pop art, however, they also reference our contemporary digital age, as the contents would be acquired through online shopping and social networking. Objects span the low and high levels of comfort, prestige and style.

The process of resin encapsulation results in a visually-heightened presentation of the chosen items, with the anticipation of their consumption forever suspended in time and never to be realised. The creation of an Artbag has been likened to mummification in a slick and chic resin coffin. Objects are selected to ensure that they won’t break or melt in the casting process, and occasionally delicate items need their own mould. The silicone mould of the handbag is in two parts and an initial layer of objects is laid out in each half. Liquid resin is poured in, in layers, with a day in between for each layer to cure and with further objects added to build up the layers. The completed handbag is then put into a pressure chamber where any last bits of air are removed. This is the most delicate stage of the process as bubbles can be created in the resin. Once cured the handbag stays in the mould for several days and when removed it is sanded down, polished to a high sheen and lacquered.

Debra was born in London in 1967, she studied Politics and Economics and initially pursued a career in advertising. She has lived and worked in New York and London, where she is now based. Her Artbags have been exhibited in galleries around the globe and she also undertakes private commissions. In 2015 she created works for the Coca Cola Museum to celebrate 100 years of the iconic coke bottle design and her works were shown alongside pieces by some of Debra’s own personal art heroes.

Miss Dior
13.5 x 10 x 3cms
You Mauve Me
13.5 x 10 x 3cms