Through the vehicle of figural painting, Fraser’s work offers glimpses of a larger narrative – a narrative not so much incomplete as interrupted. Inspired by ambiguity, discomfort and the potential for violence and desire, her work is organized around a variety of motifs including gender, power relationships, race, eroticization and memory.
With the use of only male figures, the work forces the viewer to confront their gender biases. How differently would each piece be interpreted if some of the figures were female? How would the power dynamics and emotional weight change? Is the interaction of the male figures discomfiting? Would the viewer be more comfortable seeing a female figure objectified, endangered or protected?
Fraser is an unreliable narrator. Her work explores moments of decision or regret with poignant specificity and dubious certainty. It requires viewers to participate in the storytelling, to judge if the scene before them shows safety or danger, comfort or confrontation, protection or peril.
Fraser is a Chicago-based artist.