Sculptor Frances Semple has reimagined classic figurative sculpture by playing with form and separating the body into distinct sections. With this tabletop piece, a figure is lying on its side, its head, torso and legs divided. The midsection of the figure is coloured in a dramatic cobalt blue—a nod to Matisse’s blue figures that offer a contrast to the overall white palette.
“These separations illustrate the divided self and how we have several layers of consciousness that create our whole being.” Frances Semple
Frances Semple was born in 1956 in Scotland and grew up in Brampton, Ontario. After high school, she moved to Toronto and studied sculpture and mould making at the Ontario College of Art and continued her studies in Florence, Italy and Edinburgh, Scotland. She acquired a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. She has exhibited throughout Canada and in the U.S. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections.