Some notes about the work:
Frances Lansing is a Tuscan painter who uses hot bees’ wax (encaustic) to make large landscapes. Technical aspects of the technique and the surface quality undermine the static quality of the traditional landscape by exposing the underlying process. She uses the same wax as preparations for the lost wax process in making bronze sculpture, where the texture of the final piece reflects the gestures used to form it.
Yates and Frances ;cm. 50x32, etching, 1975
Yates and Frances; cm. 50×32, etching, 1975
In 1973 Lansing moved to Florence where, encouraged and instructed by Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, she started using photography and etching to record and understand her rapidly changing surroundings. He and his partner at Superstudio, Adolfo Natalini, were researching the roots of architecture in the devises of extra-urban culture. Her early etchings of Tuscan farmers can be seen in this context.
In the 1980′s Lansing produced work in various media including drawing, photography, etching, pastel, oil. Her work became more intimate in its subject matter.
In 1981, she began photographing an invented family history, a series called “Mertons” which used small plastic figures as its protagonists and landscapes made of recycled objects and photomontage. Her concern in the series was a question about meaning in photography.
A series of works in Polaroid in the following years led to experimental paintings which sought to emulate the levels of color in the emulsion of the SX70 media.  In 1987 her earliest work in bee’s wax evolved from this process of building a painting in layers. These works, called landscapes, are not to be mistaken for actual places but have more to do with the relationship making has to memory.
In the early 90′s she was a founding member of the “Etruscans” a group of Tuscan artists interested in ancient art forms and centered around Philippe Daverio. Her interest in recuperating and sustaining artisan techniques from the past fed into much of her later work in three dimensions.
In 2003 Frances Lansing, after a dual exhibition with her brother, sculptor, Yates Lansing, began making sculpture in bronze and terracotta.  A number of small figures in bronze and terracotta result from a collaboration with her husband, artist Sheppard Craige, and can be seen in a park designed and constructed by him, “Il Bosco della Ragnaia”, south of Siena.
Frances Lansing taught design for many years in Florence at Syracuse University and Kent State University.  The most recent publication on her work ( is entitled “In the Name of the Bee – and of the Butterfly – and of the Breeze – Amen!