The lines separating dreams from reality are blurred in Forman’s surrealist photo-paintings that depict escape from the constraints of space, time, and consciousness. Vibrant and imaginative, “Escape Artist” is filled with 96 antiquated images, manipulated with modern techniques, that – paired with poems and a story by Michelle Blake – make for a rich visual narrative. Forman, who lives in Watertown and is a current resident scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, makes fantasies of flight and time travel the center of much of her artwork, some of which is included in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s permanent collection. With Forman’s dreamlike landscapes, including some that incorporate photographs of the Cape, “Escape Artist” offers readers the chance to leave the known world – even if just for a little while.
Escape Artist: The Art of Fran Forman, with text by Michelle Blake. 192 pp. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.Eryn Carlson