Fran Forman has been busy in 2014 getting ready for the release of her new book, Escape Artist – The Art of Fran Forman, published by Schiffer Books.
Included are 96 images, poems and story by Michelle Blake, with essays on photo montage and fantasies of flight and an introduction by Rebecca Hoffberger, director of the American Visionary Art Museum.
In this rich and dream-like collection of photo-paintings, artist and fabulist, Fran Forman, offers characters, scenes and visual narratives that capture the imagination. She explores the multiple meanings of the word escape, focusing on the central idea of breaking through the normal barriers of everyday life. Many of the figures appear to be floating or rowing or sailing away, trying to leave the rest of the earth-bound world behind. Thus, the artist invites us to ask ourselves what realities exist beyond the traditional limits of gravity, linear time and social convention. The exquisite poems and story by writer, Michelle Blake, act as a guidebook to these vast imaginary worlds, suggesting voices for some of the characters and destinations for some of the journeys. All together, the book offers its own particular form of beauty, one that invites the viewer to step outside the known.