Debra Franses Bean

Debra Franses Bean

British artist Debra Franses Bean makes handbag sculptures that challenge the way handbags are traditionally portrayed as a closed and secretive intimate female space. Graduated from Central Saint Martins in London she started ARTbag in New York in 2009.

Bean: 'My work takes its cue from the kitschy elements of popular culture, referencing both pop art and post modernism's endeavours to embody these ideals. The relentless repetition of this as a form and concept is replete with notions of the mass manufactured products that contribute to society's increasingly cluttered landscape of 'stuff'. I explore ideas centred on consumption and mass production and acknowledge the complex relationship that we have with material objects as consumable goods – our penchant to consume is denigrated by the ensuing guilt and anxiety that tends to follow. These handbags are commDebraodities in and of themselves. In as much as these works are a nod to pop art, they also allude to the digital age, as the very process by which the contents of these resin handbags are acquired is through online shopping and social networking.'

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works by Debra Franses Bean