Let Virtue Be Your Guide examines the author’s family, and their deeply rooted history as early settlers of New England (one ancestor, John Howland, was a deckhand aboard The Mayflower). Unearthing the idea of feminine “virtue” from the confines of its historical meaning, Denny’s photographs of the women in her family have a watchful quality, as if she is defining for herself what it means to be a woman. The images become a search for meaning in heritage, a challenge to the notion of legacy, and the artist’s reckoning with a traditional version of American femininity.
Frances F. Denny (b. 1984) is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA from the Gallatin School at New York University. Her photographs have been exhibited at ClampArt, Aperture, Foley Gallery, and The Griffin Museum of Photography, and at many other venues and institutes of note across the country and abroad. Denny’s work is held in private collections and in the permanent collection of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Let Virtue Be Your Guide has won numerous awards, including Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2015, LensCulture Emerging Talent 2015, Photolucida 2014 Critical Mass Top 50, and First Prize in Fine Art at the International Photography Awards 2015. Her work has been featured in many publications, including PDN, Lenscratch, ISO, Flak Photo, Ain’t Bad Magazine, Landscape Stories, and A Women’s Thing. Denny’s work is represented by ClampArt (NYC).