Frances Trahan is a self-described metalsmith who creates beautiful, but not practical objects. She creates what she describes as luxurious prosthetics, such as gloves, codpieces, bras and masks that serve dual purposes: concealment and transformation. “I attempt to connect the illustrative qualities of anonymous objects, tools and regalia to the well-established desirability of beauty and perfection.” Trahan is a recent graduate of the University of Houston with a Master of Fine Arts Degree. She has been an instructor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at both Houston Community College and Alvin Community College. Trahan is the first member of our inaugural group of artists-in-residence.