Debra Franses, also known as ArtBag has been exhibiting her work in cities around the world since 2010. The acclaimed creative brings her one-of-a-kind resin works, shaped like popular handbags, to Box Galleries for the first time.
She has collaborated with Sarah Jessica Parker, Coca Cola, and been featured in the New York Times, Harpers Bazaar and numerous publications and gallery shows worldwide.
When confronted by an Artbag you are seeing a moment in time where seemingly random objects float motionless, encased in a transparent crystalline bag.
Debra Franses was born in London in 1967. She studied Politics and Economics at the University of Manchester and initially pursued a career in advertising, before enrolling at Central St Martins School of Art (2002-2005) and creating Artbag.
It was whilst she was at art school that the idea for Artbags first materialised. Debra took a beautiful handbag from a top couture house and adapted it into a silicone mould for casting. Whilst the first bag was sculpted in heavy white plaster, her next bag, ‘Catch’, was cast in resin and featured a goldfish inside a tank of water, mounted on a plinth.
Her first pieces were highly autobiographical, influenced by Tracey Emin Debra visualised how she was feeling about various areas of her life. She has since lived and worked in New York, Europe and London, where she is now based.