FRancesca Lalanne / CV
Francesca Lalanne has built a multidisciplinary practice investigating the relationship between the physical and psychological wounds that impact both our individual and collective experiences. The Los Angeles-based artist weaves together sculpture, installation, and painting into works that illuminate the critical issues of our time. As she exposes the inherent connection between memory, trauma, and place, her viewers understand the growing localized and global concerns regarding shelter, mental health, and labor practices, among other prevailing issues of our contemporary society.
Lalanne was born in South Florida but spent the majority of her childhood in Haiti. Here, she experienced the beauty, magic and turmoil of the nation and its people. Her own immigrant parents embraced a culture of hard work to find refuge from a politically unstable environment. She was particularly motivated by the perseverance of her mother, a medical professional. The vulnerability, resilience, and triumph within her mother’s stories about care and survival inspired her. Returning to Florida, Lalanne enrolled in Miami’s Design and Architecture High School. Channeling her life experiences into a passion for creativity she continued her artistic and academic pursuits achieving a Bachelor of Design in Architectural Studies and in Fine Arts from Florida International University as well as her Master of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology where she received their esteemed Wallace Center Purchase Prize Award.
Her success has led to the exhibition of her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions as well as public art installations and performances. She has been featured in notable publications including Artillery and Creativ Magazines. In 2015, she was a Joan Mitchell Grant Nominee and was invited to be a resident artist for Khoj International Artist Workshop in Pune, India. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Art Miami, Transformative Arts, and recently, Vielmetter Los Angeles.
Committed to giving a voice to the silenced, Lalanne has developed an illuminating practice that embraces experimentation with unconventional materials and an amalgamation of artistic approaches. Whether etched or fabricated, her manipulations of steel, and wood, amongst others, speak to the weight of her subject matter. Often suspended in moments of catharsis, her figures’ dynamic poses interact with her orchestrations of line and geometry, revealing new physical architectures and mental spaces we inhabit. The intentionality of Lalanne’s colors, mediums, and compositions fuse into a visual vocabulary of confession. She invites us into the liminal and ever-shifting realms of reality and the hidden so that we may question the state of our world and our existence within it.