An accomplished photographer and collage artist, Fran Gealer has worked in art and design in New York City and Los Angeles. While in New York, she worked as a photo researcher and photo editor for several magazines, including Vogue and Travel and Leisure. She has also photographed for editorial magazines such as Travel and Leisure, Bon Appétit, House & Gardens, British Traveller, and GQ. Fran now resides in Ojai, California, where she is an avid pie baker and works as a chocolatier. Fran’s work is currently in a group show at the Ojai Valley Museum until February 2023.
Collage is a way for me to understand the impermanence of nature and the way society’s events can quickly shift and morph into different ideals. Existing images can be deconstructed and reconfigured to create a new vocabulary, a story, and a way to travel through time and space. It is a way to decipher and transform emotions related to the world around me. Delving into the cut-and-paste process, I can see that everything is always in motion, constantly changing, and therefore the idea of being stuck no longer exists. Turn one thing into another. Turn a negative into a positive. As a collage artist, I create tiny worlds of peace, joy, and beauty.
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