A one-woman production – Frances Segismundo

“The beauty of art is the possibility of being multi-disciplinary. And me being the type of person who wants to do everything, I still have that goal in mind—I want to attempt to do everything.”

‘Boring’ is not in Frances Segismundo’s dictionary.

Having been a citizen of the world since birth, her work is radioactive. Streetwise going in, streetwise going out, it is designers like her that ultimately cultivate the creative community, sparing thoughts for underdog talent that practically disregards all consumerism thinking.

Incorporating a piece of everywhere she goes into her design aesthetic, Frances exhibits her works with a creatively rebellious nature that manipulates all the standards of art, as we know it.

Going by no rules, no books, and just the look, it’s definitely not a party without this lion-hearted individual.

Disregarding all f**ks about marketability, most—if not all—of this artist’s designs are raw, yet all kinds of phenomenal at best, and Frances is proud to give the credit for that to her “never-ending” journey in the field of art.

“I’ve gone through all sorts of creative pathways—music, performing arts, fashion, many more… I still want to do everything else. Having said that, I took up illustration as a current pathway because of the way I think, and the fact that I want to communicate to my audience.”

“Primarily my work involves the audience experiencing my concept, and I like communicating ideas through intimate participation—I feel it communicates best.”

“I also took illustration because unlike a fine artist, I’m someone who enjoys briefs, I’m not the best person to create a project and have it prolong for the rest of my life. I often get bored easily, and occasionally go through a brain block, and having a brief, personally I find, keeps me constantly inspired and constantly making.”

How does the way she work differ from that of most other artists?

“To a certain extent, everybody does things differently, but it’s hard to distinguish myself from others. Typically, I like to think of the final outcome immediately and stick to it, but I’m trying to get myself to enjoy failing and to enjoy coming out of my comfort zone.”

“These days I do feel a change where I push myself to create with things other than pen and paper. It’s what makes me a better artist at the end of the day,” she said.

“Where the development is constant and where there’s really no end to self-improvement is where [I find home]. It’s almost magical, I often reflect and wonder how the f**k I manage to get from point A to point B.”

Her creativity is contagious, but what makes Frances special is how she embraces the reality of it all.

“There is no right or wrong answer in art. Everything is subjective, and it’s impossible to get every single being in the world to like you work. But at some point, somewhere, someone is bound to like what you do.”

“With being an artist, it comes with the fluctuation. One day you’re on point, then the next you’re all over the place. And that’s the challenge.

“I’m essentially always problem-solving and trying to figure out how to communicate to the masses through a visual language that can be universally understandable. But with the same breath, it’s what makes it so fun,” she said.

“When I worked with Goods of Desire, I had to create drawings off the bat—short deadlines, final pieces—and as much as I loved to experiment, I often had to go with my first instinct. It taught me to be assertive with my decisions and to work quickly. Eventually, it became routine, and then it got easier for me to produce several drawings by the end of the day.”

What you find in the branches always started with the roots. And this applies profoundly to the personality in this artist’s work.

“My parents were definitely supportive with my stubborn, indecisive behaviour, and due to my extensive exposure I wanted to do everything from quite early on. From all that, I learned to become a one-woman production, where I have full control of every aspect of my projects.”

“Many people may think art is ‘easy,’ ‘straightforward’ and ‘simple,’ but it’s really not. It’s tougher than I expected.”

I asked her to choose one veteran artist in the world she would like have dinner with and discuss art with. And she said…

“Salvador Dali. I’ve been an avid fan of his work ever since. The fact that he’s a surrealist says a lot about why I would want to go on a date with him. He fascinates me—the way he thinks, the way he perceives the world, and the way he creates art. He appears to be completely carefree about what others think of him and remains the odd self he is. To me, he’s completely nuts but that’s what makes him a genius! I just want to get inside his head and experience—as a little person—how his mind works!

OK, Frances. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“I honestly have no idea. Hopefully well and in one piece. We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?”

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