When Things Fall Apart
Frances Willoughby uses fears and desires to create installations, sculptures and collages using a mixture of textiles, found objects and images. She is interested in the theories surrounding the uncanny, whereby the familiar is repressed and reappears. Willoughby seeks to create windows into a world of tension and anxiety, one in which the characters exist with innocent transparency. Domestic items associated with comfort and security become subverted into sinister totems. Her work acknowledges the blurred and often conflicting nature of emotions. She draws on drama, secrets and loss from personal events, as they are raw and emotionally charged. Fear, anger and love become entwined ready to be decoded through the cipher of our familiar.