Artist Frances Cannon is inspired by the human body and the human experience. Heavily influenced by feminism, her work often references her own body, and personal experiences.
Frances explores a lot of these themes via social media too; her Instagram account is where she connects with her many fans – updated daily, her feed is brave, funny, highly personal, and at times, a little confronting.
Known for her ‘Self Love Club’ movement, we couldn’t think of anyone better to talk to today, on the holiday FKA the Feast of Saint Valentinus…
What are your thoughts and feels about Valentine’s Day – both Today’s cultural/commercial observance and the impact it can have on people?
I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day… I love seeing people celebrating love! But it’s also a very commercial holiday and it makes those who don’t fit into society’s ideals of being in a couple (in particular a cishet monogamous couple) feel left out.
Your most recent body of work, ‘I Hope You’re Having Trouble Sleeping comprising drawings and a book of poetry (on at Courthouse Youth Arts in Geelong until 16/02), deals with heartbreak and growth. How has art helped you through this experience?
Writing poems to my Ex while I was dealing with the darkest part of my breakup helped me so much. Writing and drawing are ways that I process my emotions and actually confront what I’m feeling instead of hiding from it.
Here’s one of my favourite poems from the poetry book: