“Collecting is part of the making,” states sculptor Kendra Frorup about her work. Frorup was born and brought up in Nassau, Bahamas and uses her memories of this time in her art. After a childhood in the Bahamas, she welcomed the opportunity to study in the United States and began to create representational images that showed a commonality with her culture.
Gil DeMeza, one of her former professors at the University of Tampa, describes Frorup as “the collector.” He said that her “unique ability to take the old, the used and discarded and turn them into other worldly, incalculably exquisite moments in time is a magical talent. Her creations are works, which exhibit both poignancy and invigorating humor. Her outgoing, friendly demeanor is as infectious as is her art while giving us pieces that are at once funny, elegant, scary and crude. She is a dreamer of the first magnitude. With respect to her work, the viewer is never left disappointed or hungry.”
Frorup earned her BFA in Sculpture at the University of Tampa and her MFA in Sculpture at Syracuse University. She is currently Assistant Professor in sculpture at the University of Tampa.
Her work in Major International Collections includes The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, The Venice Biennale – Exposició Art Camp 2012, col·lecció FEDA, International through Andorra and Unesco. Recent selected exhibitions Include The sixth National Exhibition, National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas “The Global Caribbean: Focus on Caribbean Landscape,” Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Art Basel Venue, Miami, Florida and Musée International des Arts Modestes in Sète, France and Solo exhibition, “The Inner Temple Project,” National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas. The Florence Biennale 2015, Florence Italy.
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University of Tampa Art and Design
Kendra Frorup – The Current | Baha Mar Gallery & Art Center
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Exploring themes of longevity and survival in Kendra Frorup’s work (The Nassau Gaurdian)
McAllen (University of Tampa Press)
Mixed-media paintings and textile works by emerging and mid-career artists were hot sellers (Artnet)
BeLonging Exhibit (Florida Gulf Coast University)
ART as Caribbean Feminist Practice: A Portfolio (Duke University Press, Small Axe)
Strange fruit: Review of Kendra Frorup’s “Inflorescence/Influence” (Repeating Islands)