Naomi Frank
Medium: Drawing and Painting

Studio Location:
62 18th Street
Studio # 7


Artist Bio:
A recent graduate of Pratt Institute, Naomi Frank is a Brooklyn-based represenational artist originally from the San Francisco bay area. Her primary mediums are drawing, painting, and mixed media installation. Gleaning her imagery from science, religion, art and natural history, she works in disparate media to explore cultural mechanisms for addressing existential anxieties.

Artist Statement:
I'm haunted by the vagaries of life and the inexorable oblivion of death. The locus of my existential anxiety lies squarely in the frailties of the body. The more something frightens me, the more I am drawn to explore it, as if by that exploration I might regain a sense of control over life's entropy. I apply myself to this exploratory task with obsessive ritualistic and scientific rigor, which is reflected by the precision of my hand and my choices and repetition of imagery. I'm trying to pinpoint exactly what transformation takes place in the moment of death. I use delicate mediums that evade my efforts at perfect mastery, echoing my lack of agency in the face of the most inevitable of denouements. What is the exact instant of passage into nonexistence, and what precise transformation, biological or otherwise, occurs? I want to stick my knife into it.

All images and text copyright Naomi Frank