Frances Lightbound was born in Sheffield, England, and obtained her BA (Hons) in Painting and Printmaking from the Glasgow School of Art. Frances is currently collaborating on Topographies of Defense, a research project examining defensive architecture in Chicago, with the support of an EAGER grant from the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration. She is a founding member of Scotland-based artist collective 2-1-4-1.
Frances’ work is the result of intellectual and emotional encounters with architecture, acknowledging the politics and poetics of the built environment. Recent work focuses upon the embedding of abstractions (including the grid model, spatial divisions and delineations, and systems of mapping and measurement) within concrete, physical space. Working predominantly in printmaking, installation and sculpture, she produces spatially focused work that attempts to navigate the complexities of contemporary urban experience.