TANDA FRANCIS is a Brooklyn based artist with a primary focus of creating monumental African heads and mask for public and personal spaces. She is inspired by ancient customs and rituals as a significant means of understanding and addressing our contemporary condition and uses her work to activate a dialog of universal origin which cross cultural barriers.
Francis explores digital and traditional forms of art while working and exhibiting her art in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally. Tanda Francis has created several site-specific monumental public art pieces including BIGGIE (2014), New York City; Everyone Breaks, Riverside Park, New York City (2015- 2016); And We Breath (collaborative), Van Cortlandt Park, New York City (2015-2016); Take Me With You, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York City, (2017-2018), among others.
“My work creates a dialogue of personal and collective identity in relation to society and the things we build around us. I am motivated to create portraits as a direct means of communicating emotionally and physically to a wide range of viewers, presenting my work as a moment for viewers to pause and look within and confront face to face to what often goes unseen and unsaid. As a woman creating in a time where many people of our nation fight to keep monuments of men erected as a symbol of oppression and control, I am motivated to help spread a message to uplift and heal. My biggest inspirations are found in nature and geometry and the tension created by combining these contrasting elements. Living primarily in urban western cultures I seek to create environments incorporating nature and the human form as an opportunity to engage, interpret and learn from the act and outcome of creating.”