Kim Frohsin’s newer collage work has honed in on select bits of imagery to explore and is ripe with color and texture.
San Francisco artist Kim Frohsin exhibits new work that employs collage, paint, colored pencil, discarded paper cups, and other mixed media. In the series, which the artist sometimes refers to as Cokework, both the red color associated with Coca-Cola and the distinct shape of the original fluted glass bottle serve as unifying elements throughout. Some pieces present a female face with eyes closed, rendered as a high-contrast positive likeness reminiscent of the mid-nineteenth-century life and death masks. Other work presents the curvaceous bottle as a motif that can be rendered in any color or pattern and remains utterly recognizable. Frohsin, originally from Atlanta, relishes the autobiographical possibilities (including images of her hometown’s dominant brand) in her work. “There is a level of literal and metaphorical self-reflection at play in the self portraits and the mix with the collaged icon of Coke – a meld of identity of a face and a place,” she said.
This is only a sampling of her work and you can see much more on Kim Frohsin’s website.