about the storyteller
Frances Grace Mortel - born and raised in Manila, Philippines – is a visual storyteller based in Spokane since 2016. She started training in art department as costume assistant and set dresser, practiced as a teaching artist for children and videographer in 2008-2012, and became a production designer for film, television, and digital content in 2013-2015.
Frances worked as photographer and videographer for Spokane Falls Community College’s Spartan theatre from 2017-2019. She also has exhibited in some juried group exhibitions: the annual art show Terrain in 2018; Spokane Arts’ Saturate at Spokane Public Library; the Fem+Fest Feminist Art Festival by Spokane NOW, and the Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival in Seattle. This year, she is a participating member of Shades of Me, a collective showcasing brown artists in the Inland Northwest.
“I have always been passionate about visual storytelling that makes a difference. My intention as an artist is to focus on capturing and crafting imageries that expose human truths and inspire social justice. I am currently capturing conceptual portraitures, exploring street reportages, producing documentary films, and experimenting on alternative and multimedia processes, to create empathic, visible, and inclusive representations of different cultures and communities, especially for the marginalized ones.”