Between Folds / Sheet Music: Underscore

A collection of old sheet music from the 19th and early 20th century.
153 x 119 cm

In Underscore, Francisca uses various nineteenth and twentieth-century pages of sheet music – operas and ballets, solos for the piano or trumpet, complete orchestrations – to create a new and unorthodox score. In an overwhelming and inviting whirlwind of the page, Francisca celebrates not only the musical meaning, but the visual beauty of these printed symbols. The notes appear to reverberate off the paper; refusing to lie flat, patterns of treble and base clef quavers are folded upright and alert, euphorically merging with their meaning – their sound. Visually, we can almost hear them tumultuously together, as the folds encourage and embellish, harmonising with each note’s true meaning.

Underscore was commissioned by the New York gallery Sebastian+Barquet, for an antique frame from The House of Heydenryk, one of the oldest and most respected picture framers in the world.


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