Francie Hester has used her artwork to focus on the relationships between patterns, randomness, and memory and the impact of the passage of time. Eighteen feet long, her piece "Strata" features five strips of painted aluminum (the same type of aluminum used by airplanes) that span the first three floors of the Chicago-Kent Law School and provide a unifying character to the building's first floors. These strips of aluminum and their colors served as the inspirations for the color palette of the "25 at 565" event.
Hester’s work often combines the precision of machine-tooled aluminum and steel with paint, melted wax, and raw pigment. Her work often takes influence from mathematics and science in its representations of the geometric and its distortions of the orderly. Hester has drawn inspiration from a variety of sources, as in one of her most famous works, “Wordfall,” which draws on the poetry of Brendan Ogg, to create structures as verbose and dynamic as the original text.
She has created large-scale sculptural aluminum paintings for ASHA, Booz Allen Hamilton and NEA Member Benefits. She received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan.
Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections including the World Bank, Freddie Mac, Capital One, and the International Monetary Fund. Hester’s commissioned works include a 1996 piece for the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International and the atrium piece, “Strata,” for the Chicago Kent College of Law.