Sandy Frank

Artist Statement

Sandy Frank’s evocative figural clay sculptures capture not only the external physical manifestation and traits of what she is depicting, but they also capture the internal, spiritual and psychological physiognomies of her subject.  They breathe for us.  She uses her medium, the age-old process of shaping clay, to ground herself so that she can connect a modern consciousness to an ancient one. Clay is luscious and sensuous.  She has been involved with this medium for a long time.  Frank fell in love with clay over 20 years ago while living for a time on the Caribbean island of Grenada. She worked with local artisans to dig up the clay and process it to create a workable medium.

The newest work, Hand Work uses imagery and expression of hands to depict the unseen energy from social, cultural or emotional pressure. Frank brings her subjects to life giving them a presence through subtle gesture, color, form and concept so each has a unique energy. 

The work is deliberate.  Frank has spent over15 years perfecting her technique in clay.  Frank uses live models so that the sculpture energetically and anatomically breathes and feels right. She works with a variety of clay bodies and finishes to get the desired effect.  She seeks to create beauty in her work but with some intrigue so that people will look and see something and wonder about it and then look again.


Sandy Frank has been a been a practicing artist for 30 years. She has worked and shown national and internationally. Presently she lives in Sonoma County and teaches at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and runs drawing and figurative sculpture workshops in the Bay Area. Her next solo show will be in 2022 at the Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany.