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A selection of the work of the British born artist D F Bean. A graduate of the Central Saint Martins art school in London. D F Bean's Studio is as transparent as her work, with large glass windows that echo the exposed contents of her artbag sculptures, only the glass studio's contents are continually in flux, unlike her Artbags which are frozen moments of consumption. A series of identical, crystal - clear handbag sculptures contain a plethora of desirable objects - often the kind whose appeal is short-lived. Instead Bean mummifies her objects in a chic resin coffin, they are satisfying in a way that the actual experience of consumption can never be by prolonging the moment, held forever in time. Her Artbags contain wads of cash, slick handguns, designer lipstick tubes, lollypops and all manner of objects denoting both high and low levels of comfort, prestige and style. They take their cue from kitschy elements of popular culture, referencing both pop art and postmodernism's endeavors to embody these ideals. The relentless repetition of this as a form and concept is replete with notions of the mass manufactured products that contribute to society's increasingly cluttered landscape of stuff.
Jenni Higginbotham & Amy Rose Enskat 2014

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About the Author

DEBRA FRANSES BEAN
debrafbean London, England

Debra Franses Bean is a sculptor and painter. Her conceptual sculpture explores the boundaries between personal and public spaces. Her painting is figurative and creates a sense of honest vulnerability.

She was born into into the pop art era and grew up in an environment of art and fashion. Her father was in the handbag business and mother is an artist. She studied at Central Saint Martins, world famous for painters, fashion designers and sculptors. Her work is a rich mix of these influences. Her Artbags involve the destruction of a designer handbag to create a sculpture cast in resin. Inside the sculptures are objects that reflect both society wide influences and personal fascinations. The sculptures frequently depict intimate feelings of obsession and challenge the way handbags are traditionally portrayed as closed and secretive spaces.
Debra has been commissioned to make many Artbags for collectors, corporations and is sold globally through a network of international gallerys.

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