Fran Forman

Alchemy of Memory

Secrets at the Bonfire
Reflected Innocence
A Knight with his Dog
Looking Towards an Island
Sailing in the Fog
Catch a Shooting Star
Hiding Girl

Convergence of Birds

Child with a Swan
Girl with a Bird
Winged Man in a Room
Vermont Spiritism
Red Hat and Raven
A Desert Night
Solitary Bird
Letting Go

Defying Gravity

Sending Aloft
Flying Pig
Floating Urn
The Flyer
Boy on a Globe (Rotation of the Earth)
Escape over Siena
Red Umbrella

Imaginary Circus

Flying Boy over Truro’s Pond
Charles Martin’s Dream
Cosmic Aria
Carousel Escape
Mélies’ Dream


Worlds Beyond
Girl at a Lighthouse
The Explorer
Boy in a Boat
Desert Dream
Grounded Ship
Hangzhou Moon
The Journey

Midnight Sun

In the Attic
Greenland Twilight
In the Orange Room
Three Houses
Moonlight Vision
Regarding the Sheep
Late Afternoon
The Lesson
Boys In a Bedroom
Girl With a Stick

Mixed Media

Two Portraits #2
The Sensibilities (Side View)
Boy with a Map
Portrait #4
Balancing the Ledger
Cosmic Red


Red Hat and Suitcase
Two Men, Hidden
Lost Sailor
Goat Soldier
Umbrella Man
Man and Woman
Portrait of a Young Man
Two Portraits
Grounded Ship
Polish Girl 1938

Portraiture Redressed

Korean Wimple
Portrait of a Military Man
Boy In Red Hat
Portrait with Birdcage
Red Walls and Valise
Two Portraits
Portrait of a Woman with Linen Wimple
Child’s Gaze

Recent Work

Iguana and Cage
In the Shadow
Melancholic Museum
A Mirage
Stopping the Plane
Phases of the Moon
Missing Books
Long Shadows
Lost Child

In merging photography with painting, portraiture with dreamed landscapes, technologies and generations, my images blur the boundaries between the real and the unreal, re-imagining worlds that, like our own, remain forever a mystery. I invite the viewer to look closely, to engage with me in an imaginative discourse, and to enter into a world of dreams and memory. The visual narratives of my photo collages dissolve the boundaries of time; they connect my fantasies and dreams with the generations that have come before me and attempt to bring them back to life. Perhaps it’s my attempt to stop time.

Fran studied art and sociology at Brandeis University, received an MSW in psychiatric social work, and then an MFA from Boston University in graphic design and photography. She has held a succession of positions in the field of illustration and design: branding, print, and signage for corporate, arts, and retail establishments; CD-roms for books and museum installations; book cover illustrations; animations, multimedia, and web design. Until 2005, she was an Art Director at AOL Time Warner. Between professional life and raising two daughters, Fran continued to create her personal art, combining her illustrative and photographic skills with a passion for surrealism, paradox, illusion, assemblage, the non-human world, and the dislocations of time and place.

Fran is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and a recipient of several grants. She teaches digital collage at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and recently at Brandeis University. Her work has been exhibited widely, both locally and internationally.

Fran’s work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.



Selected Exhibitions and Awards

Mixed Media

Midnight Sun