The much studied, yet little understood human brain is the most complex system known to us. Composed of more than a billion neurons making countless connections, one cannot underestimate our unlimited human potential. The butterfly goes through countless changes to become the free and beautiful creature it is. Symbolic of renewal, expansion and growth, the swirling butterflies in Free Thinker remind us to forgo limiting thoughts, to transcend our challenges, to reach for our highest potential.
Sophie DeFrancesca was born in Toronto, and graduated from OCA (now OCAD University) in 1990. In the early 2000s, wire mesh emerged as an important material in her work.
She uses sheathes of metal mesh to hand-shape human scale forms, and renders hard materials into ethereal concoctions.
DeFrancesca has exhibited her work in galleries and art fairs throughout North America. Her sculptures have captured the attention of collectors around the world.
Public exhibits have been held at the Gardiner, Dundas, Whyte and Sheldon Museums.