Artist Fran Maguire
pop up exhibition - Gillan Gallery, Blenheim - 8 March 2019
For as long as she can remember, Fran has made objects.
Brought up in Christchurch, the third of seven children, Fran moved to Auckland in the early 1980s and then overseas, living in London, New York and France. It was early 1993 when she returned home to New Zealand and now lives in Marlborough.
Exhibiting since 1996 Fran Maguire exhibits regularly has been a finalist in ceramic award exhibitions, won awards and featured publications. Her work is held in public and private collections. Fran makes both domestic and sculptural pieces.
"Usually when making a series of work I start with a fairly vague concept. Once my hands connect with the clay, idea and object evolve quite fluidly, one being the stepping stone for the next and the work seems to be pulled through from my subconscious.
I think there is an intention or energy which translates through the maker's hands into the clay and resonates within it - energy and matter - energy from the maker and matter from the earth.
There is an earthy connection to a deep old-knowing in working with clay which continues to intrigue me. I use clay to document myself. The objects I make become my teachers, a narrative to my life and vessels for my conscious and subconscious thought."