She was only two years old when her father, the lead singer of iconic grunge band Nirvana, committed suicide aged 27.
In his last letter to his imaginary friend Boddah, he wrote “I have a goddess of a wife who sweats ambition and empathy and a daughter who reminds me too much of what I used to be, full of love and joy, kissing every person she meets because everyone is good and will do her no harm. And that terrifies me to the point to where I can barely function. I can't stand the thought of Frances becoming the miserable, self-destructive, death rocker that I've become... Please keep going Courtney, for Frances. For her life, which will be so much happier without me.”
When Frances Bean Cobain was only 11, she was placed into care of her grandmother after her mother Courtney Love was admitted to hospital struggling with drug addictions. Although she was returned to the custody of her mother, this year a California Superior Court in Los Angeles appointed Wendy O'Connor, Kurt Cobain's mother, and Kimberly Dawn Cobain, Kurt's sister, as co-guardians of Frances, as Cobain requested legal emancipation from her mother. Her guardians maintained that Love was incompetent of handling Cobain's financial affairs and now upon her eighteenth birthday in August, Cobain will inherit a sizable portion of the Cobain Estate.
You would only have to look at the suicide theme of her sweet sixteenth to see that Frances had a troubled childhood, but like her father, she has turned to the arts to express herself.
Under the pseudonym Fiddle Tim, Frances has launched an exhibition showing mainly charcoal drawings of disturbing images, including the main piece which is a portrait of punk musician G.G. Allin who died of a heroin overdose in 1993, aged 36.
The exhibition “Scumfuck” is currently being displayed at La Luz De Jesus Gallery in East LA until the end of July.