“Pink Crush” describes the visual iconography of late 20th-century girlhood, reflecting the ways in which the aesthetics of an era shape a developing sense of self. The motifs and colors are reminiscent of Lisa Frank and other girlie-girl pop obsessions of the 80s and 90s. Despite a wariness of the saccharine, childlike qualities the subjects convey, the series as a whole betrays a longstanding attraction, and exposes how those girlish fixations can remain both outside and inside grown women.
Frances F. Denny is an artist and photographer whose work investigates the development of female selfhood and identity. Originally from Boston, she holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.
Radius Books published Frances’ first monograph, “Let Virtue Be Your Guide,” in December 2015. She has won numerous awards for her work, including LensCulture Emerging Talent 2015, the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Contest 2015, and PDN’s The Curator contest (Still Life category) for her series “Pink Crush” (2015).
Frances’ work is represented by ClampArt in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn where she balances her art practice and a career as an editorial and commercial photographer.