Installation art often incorporates materials and physical features to communicate with its viewers. The body of work Transcendence is a photo-based installation artwork that combines photography with printmaking techniques to uncover a glimpse of the family history by using family photos from the artistʼs childhood, ceramic bowls, water, and charcoal powder. The appreciation of the materiality of art-making leads the artist away from conventional 2-D photography to an experimental approach, the work brings out a different experience about the process of fading memory in both physical and psychological aspects. Francis was 24 when he started working on this project, with family member portraits from the artist's childhood floating in the bowl filled with water, Transcendence represents the fading memories of the past through 24 unfixed powder-formed imagery that breaks down gradually due to the natural evaporation process of the water.
Installation -Twenty-four ceramic bowls, charcoal powder, water,
lightweight tissue paper, painted wooden plinths
Prints: Inkjet prints
Dimension: 56 x 56 inches (Installation), 24x18 inches (Prints)