Artist Statement

As artists are the mythmakers of their time, my artwork is creating a new mythology using symbols and archetypes filtered through contemporary popular culture. The spaces I create are irrational, like Alice’s adventure, I am meeting new characters along the way, arising from my subconscious. In a constant state of flux, I am uncovering an abundant transformation of forms: molecular, bodily, natural, spiritual, sexual, and feminine. 


Since I was a child I have known my destiny was to become an artist. Throughout my entire life this has driven me. My artwork is the result of a deep internal search for personal truth which takes many physical forms. Through the creation of art I explore the journey of my individuation as a human being, and how I engage with nature and my environment.

I have always been influenced by psychology and philosophy, in particular that of Jung, Freud, and Deleuze. Each work I create, delves into the depths of my unconscious revealing truths hidden within my psyche. My work is Surrealist in its irrational nature, layering images, materials, found objects, and text with ideas. I am intrigued by storytelling, mythology, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes, in which I investigate threads of a collective unconscious. These stories flow through my work in a disjunctive Surrealist form that provides endless curiosities for the viewer. I am influenced by popular culture and the cartoons I saw as a child. The storyline for my work evolves as it is created, growing as an organism would.


My new series of mixed media work uses elements I found in nature. Each of these items has a history and new story to tell. They inspire their own works as I combine, collage, and paint them to give them a new life. They become forever immortalized and no longer apt to be discarded.  The seashells came from a variety of local beaches from the Jersey Shore and East Hampton, NY. The coral is from Aruba which I collected on my honeymoon. I combine these items with other found objects, many of which are broken, and now given a second life. All these items have been collected over numerous years just waiting for a chance to be reborn. As my past series of work was about “becoming” this series is about life and rebirth. I have become the woman, wife, and mother that I am destined to be. Now I am reflecting and giving new life to things that I have collected along my journey.

   blackbird singing in the

dead of night. Take these broken wings        and learn to fly.

   you were only waiting for this

moment to

 be free.

                     blackbird singing in the

dead of night. Take these sunken eyes                                                and learn to see.

© 2016 Josephine DeFrancis. All rights reserved.
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