In my current body of work each image serves as a character for a larger narrative; scraps of a past that I personally have little knowledge of. As a small child we lived in a trailer, we had a pet raccoon, my biological father had long blond hair, my parents grew up in the swamps of South Carolina, and smoked a lot of pot.
However, these paintings, drawings and sculptures are less about a personal narrative, but rather a prompt to consider how one constructs narratives and how personal and collective stories are concocted and conceived. This work experiments with a range of narrative structures that draw upon and expose the fissures that occur when the ideals from one point in history are translated into another. Internal vs. external lives are merged and the past, present, and future slide and slip, creating blanks and hollows.
It is in this space between where meaning is formed.
Fraleigh has exhibited widely at numerous venues including P.P.O.W Gallery, NY, NY, Inman Gallery Houston, TX, Massimo Audiello Gallery, NY, NY, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX. Fraleigh has been nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany grant, was awarded the Alice Kimball English Travel Grant as well as several international artist-in-residence programs, including the CORE program through the MFAH, TX, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE and Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. Fraleigh earned her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from Boston University. She is represented by Inman Gallery in Houston, TX and currently lives in Allentown, PA with her husband, artist Wesley Heiss and their daughter Tuesday.