Postponed – Smashed up Paint

Susie Orbach in conversation with Frances Aviva Blane

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20 May, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

£12 – £15

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Smashed Up Paint Frances Aviva Blane

A conversation between Susie Orbach and Frances Aviva Blane in which they talk about paint as a metaphor for disintegration of personality and self.

‘My work is concerned with fragmentation of paint and personality. I construct both abstract and figurative pictures. Figuration informs abstraction and vice versa. I use different media and like to keep things in a state of flux. Surprise is good. My paintings exist not to be understood but experienced.’ Frances Aviva Blane.

Frances studied post grad painting at The Slade ‘91-‘93 and won a scholarship to Djerassi Artists’ Colony. She is a recipient of a Jerwood Drawing Award and exhibits internationally showing alongside Bacon and Bourgeois at De Queeste Art in Belgium. In 2016 Frances had a solo show at the German Embassy London.

Recently she’s shown with Frank Auerbach, Basil Beattie, Susan Stockwell and Jane McAdam Freud. Frances was included in John Moores Painting Prize 2018 and published a book titled FAB in collaboration with Susie Orbach.

Her work is in many collections including The LSE, Jesus College Cambridge, The Tim Sayer Collection London and The Doris Lockhart Collection Frances Is represented by De Queeste Art in Belgium and Zuleika Gallery in London where she has upcoming shows.

Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst and writer. She is a Fellow of the RSL and a Fellow of the Freud Museum. She co-founded The Women’s Therapy Centre in 1976 and is the author of many books including Fat is a Feminist Issue, Hunger Strike, On Eating, The Impossibility of Sex, Bodies, and In Therapy. Susie has a clinical practice seeing individuals and couples.

Unheard Voices

Our ‘Unheard Voices‘ events season aims to illuminate the life and work of women whose stories have been stifled by history.

The season spans two major exhibitions at the Freud Museum: ‘Ida Applebroog: Mercy Hospital’ (29 February – 7 July 2020) and ‘Muriel Gardiner’ (June – October 2020), both celebrated for challenging the structures of society and pushing boundaries in the name of activism.


20 May, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£12 – £15
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20 Maresfield Gardens
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