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The Thickness of Silence IIBy Fabienne Francotte

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US$ 1,125



Mixed Media, Oil and Embroidery on Canvas

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Dimensions: 37cm (H) x 42cm (W) / 14.6" (H) x 16.5" (W)

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Artist Statement

Belgium-born Fabienne Francotte conflates social, emotional, and spiritual experiences in her work: the vivid narrative of an expatriate, teacher, and observer. The Thickness of Silence are a series of disembodied lips that appear half open or half closed, as if caught in a gasp, between phrases or whispering quietly into the viewer’s ear. Using embroidery to create her unfinished lips, Fabienne meditatively engages with a back-and-forth tugging movement with her body. This dialogue between artist and material is integral to her process, as she probes and contemplates how we, as a society, speak about invisible wounds, hidden traumas and pervasive power structures in our communities.


Artist Profile

Born: 1959
Hometown: Belgium
Based in: Colombo

After 20 years of working with children in Belgium, the artist began her artistic practice with a course in calligraphy, a technique that is still evident in much of her work. Having exhibited her works extensively in Europe the artist moved to Sri Lanka in 2016 and continued to engage …


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