Frances Dorsey has been teaching at NSCAD since 1993, in Foundation and more recently in Textiles. She holds a BA (hon) from the University of Pennsylvania, a diploma from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her work has shown nationally and internationally and is in both public and private collections.
Dorsey works primarily with dye and print processes, and also weaves grounds upon which she then prints. The work shown here represents a few images from her recent exhibition, Saigon, presented first at the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery. Saigon is the name of a city that no longer exists. The eponymous ongoing work and accompanying stories presented in the exhibition is a confabulation of image and narrative tracing a moment that is passed, in a place that no longer bears this name, from a time that is clouded by histories. Dorsey lived in Saigon for several years as a child, reflecting in hindsight that she dwelt in paradise on the edge of conflagration, where friends and later classmates were killed, where her heaven became hell for most people. The pieces in the exhibition are large in scale, layered, and constructed through numerous textile processes.