Frances Goodman is known for her use of acrylic nails, fake eyelashes and other female beauty objects to create sculptures and mixed media installations. Through the use of these stereotypical female objects, she investigates the relations between femininity and role-play.
Her artistic practice includes installation, photography, sculpture and sound installation, and focuses mainly and contemporary notions of beauty and desire in relation to women. She is occupied with female identity and the pressures and anxieties created by an overwhelming presence of media and societal expectations. Underlying themes in her work are desire and morality.
Goodman lives and works in Johannesburg. Her work is featured in collections of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), South Africa; the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, USA; the Sindika Dokolo African Collection of Contemporary Art; and the Chase Manhattan Collection, USA. Goodman was a recipient of the Cecily Brown Fellowship for Outstanding Woman Artists in 2014. Notable exhibitions include: Le jour qui vient (The Day That Comes), at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France (2017) and The Seven Deadly Sins from Durer to Nauman, Zentrum Paul Klee and Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2010). Recently, her works were featured in the group show Delicate Industry at Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York (2019).