Frances Drayson lives and works in London. They explore the possibilities of expression within rigid systemic frameworks through ciphers and analogies. Multiplicities, mutations and repetitions found within their research reflect constituting processes of identity, politics and history: rotations, accelerations, wells, ruptures and loops. In this sense, their practice has a continuous relationship with sound and song structures.
The frictions created by attempts at ordering and making sense are used to explore experiences of grief. These frustrations can be found in farming processes, the figure of the private detective, memory recall and natal chart readings, amongst other examples. For +X, Frances asked contributors to respond to these themes by sending an audio clip for use in the show. These clips were responded to in the selection, re-writing and reading of an ongoing text piece, Retent (2022+).