françiose grossen inchworm

11fg Untitled Pedistal Piece, Francoise Grossen, blue manila rope, braided, 18" x 20" x 35", 1979, SOLD

Selected permanent collections and exhibition venues:
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York (Wall Hangings); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee Museum of Art, Wisconsin (Fiber R/Evolution); Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota; National Museums of Art, Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York; Lausanne, Switzerland (International Biennials of Tapestry); Renwick Gallery, National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (Term Limits); Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Neuchatel, Switzerland (Françoise Grossen: Sculptures – solo exhibition).

Fellowship, Government of Switzerland; Award, National Competition for Applied Arts; Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts; International Honor Award, Women in Design.

françiose grossen


I like the encounter with my large relief forms and panels to be twofold: the first, seen from a distance; the second, more attentive, should reveal new surprises. The work has evolved from monumental or 'body scale' forms hanging from the ceiling or wall to a series of independent floor sculptures with biomorphic associations. These elements assume creature forms and evoke associations from our common unconscious memory with many layers of meaning.