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 technique to uncover a glimpse of a broken 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 away from the artist 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. With family member portraits from the artist's childhood floating in the bowl that filled with water, Transcendence represents the fading relationships between the family members through 24 unfixed powder-formed imagery that breaks down gradually due to the natural evaporation process of the water. Francis was 24 when he started working on this project.
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)