Fran Ifould was born in Sydney, and following an upbringing on the Northern Beaches studied ceramics at East Sydney Technical College in the early 70s, under such notable ceramic masters as Peter Rushforth, Shiga Shigeo and Col Levy. Thirty years of art practice in ceramics, led to a change to working with paper, maintaining a strong interest in surface texture and process from the ceramic background which lead to a Masters in Visual art [M.A.V.A.] from the Canberra School of Fine Art, ANU, majoring Printmedia and graduating in 2008.
She is particularly sensitive to the ways our environment has been affected by two hundred years of colonial tenure. Through her art practice, based in the landscape, she has discovered a renewed interest in the question of land ownership, (defined by possession), or stewardship (a responsibility assumed by oneself). Interested in the way the spirit of a landscape matches her own spirit, giving a pathway to connect with the landform and land use from an attitude of kinship with the land itself. To this end she has travelled to isolated areas, communicated with Indigenous people of the inland river systems of New South Wales and enjoyed the inspiration available in the remnant forests in south eastern Australia.