Francesca Lohmann: Home is Where the Art Is
In 2008, Francesca Lohmann graduated from RISD with a BFA in printmaking. Since moving to Seattle in the spring of 2009, she has been making prints at Sev Shoon and in her bedroom, mostly based on her interest in texture, organic forms, and scientific imaging. But her most ambitious project to date is a site-specific installation in her Ballard house.
From the artist’s website:
This spring I moved to Seattle, taking up residence in an old house with layers of patterned paper covering most of the interior. Since moving in, scraping off all those layers has been an ongoing project. This excavation process fascinated me: The wallpaper is almost 1/4″ thick, pasted layer upon layer over the underlying plaster… I began carving into it selectively to create an image of a cell structure that I love, inserting something of my own in the language of the environment where I am working to make a home.
By its very nature, a piece like this is impossible to commodify. To see it in person, one must be an invited houseguest. However for a recent exhibition at the soon-to-be defunct Cairo, the artist made a rubbing of the carved surface and installed a ghost version of her wall in the gallery—complete with baseboards and an ornamental electrical outlet.