In her current project, French Curve, Michèle Fuirer presents new monoprints inspired by the templates of the same name used in drafting and designing for drawing continuous, freeform curves.
For the artist, the handmade is handed down since there is a literal tracing of a line as she works from templates that were made by her father who was a furniture maker. French Curve also explores the idea of an inclination toward ‘Frenchness’ which comes through an Anglo-French heritage. From the general to the particular, the work seeks a way for some of the themes of language, culture, aesthetics and memory to run together.
At a time when Britain is poised to abandon its longstanding union with Europe and when legacy, commonality and reciprocity are brought into question - French Curve goes both inwards and outwards, towards and away from.