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Francesca Simon

Site Lines is an exhibition of paintings made by Francesca Simon [1] in a studio in Dean Street, overlooking the Crossrail building site at Tottenham Court Road, between July 2012 and Summer 2014.

‘When I moved to this studio I had no idea that the Crossrail development would come to form such an important part of my life, but my daily routine came to include watching the movements of the double girder crane up to the very edge of my window and away again.  I felt as if I was on the building site myself and in time this turned out to have a transformative effect on my artistic work.’

Outside there was the physical quarrying – a deconstruction – needed for construction. Inside, Francesca Simon’s art operated in parallel: excavation and scarring both part of the constructive processes she uses to make her paintings.