SPECTA represents a diverse group of Scandinavian and international artists. Presenting a wide range of media, the gallery profile emphasizes great variety with a focus on the artist’s original approach to material / media and precisely defined practices. The gallery's artists are all represented in public and private collections. Founded by Else Johannesen in 1980 SPECTA is one of the longest standing galleries in Denmark, and it was passed down to Gitte Johannesen at the beginning of 2019.

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Frances Goodman, The Dance, 2022, Hand stitched sequins on canvas, 106x483 cm

Photo by SPECTA

Frances Goodman (SA)

Multi-disciplinary artist Frances Goodman was born in 1975 and lives and works in Johannesburg. Her work employs the materials of the beauty industry and interrogates the portrayal of women, hereby drawing attention to popular cultural definitions that narrow the possibilities of identity to extremes of consumption, obsession, desire, and anxiety. Physical presentation and transformation are both a crushing expectation and a source of empowerment for the archetypes in Goodman’s elaborate sculptures and installations. In her most recent series ‘Ecstasy,’ Goodman looks to the ways in which privilege seeks to liberate itself from existential dread through ritualized and commodified recreation.

Frances Goodman has exhibited widely across Europe and the United States as well as in her home country, South Africa. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: Palais de Tokyo (Paris, group, Ubuntu - a Lucid Dream, 2021), SPECTA (solo, 2022), Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris, group, 2023) and SMAC Gallery (ZA, solo, 2023). Her work is included in a number of collections including: Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), Cape Town, The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami and the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.


Handstitched sequins on canvas

Still Searching

Acrylic nails, wire, fiber glass, silicone, glue


Acrylic nails, silicone, foam, resin, fiberglass

Blame it on the Rain

Hand strung sequins on canvas

Tie Guy

False eyelashes, methyl, cellulose, paper

Stitching The Scene - Frances Goodman

Frances Goodman, Stitching The Scene, 2022

Courtesy of the artist and SPECTA. Video by Nicholai Thomas