“Through the poems that I write, I seek to forge a path in the wilderness of the human experience…” – Krista Franklin
Poet and visual artist Krista Franklin’s work openly reveals the subjectivity of the processing of human experience. In some ways it highlights the relevance of the creative process that takes place within all human beings whether or not we choose to express it. Through its artistic expression of the science of the mind, senses and spirit, her work makes sense of the wilderness by simply being present.
(Images: Krista Franklin, The Beautiful Dance, 2007, mixed media and it’s tricky (r.i.p. JMJ), 2007, mixed media)
Franklin’s writing and collage work express her own particular poetic that dips in and out of connection with the collective via moments of shared symbolism and experience. It’s almost as if her work paints with image and word a grid of moments that can be connected like dots on a map. Moments that ultimately reveal we each walk our own path of perception. It is clear that impressions, whether verbal, visual or sensual, drive the Franklin aesthetic. Interestingly, she manages to create a most subtle distinction between impression and statement. Her main subject/image is bold enough to stand out in each piece, but becomes less objectified when considered in relations to its surrounding matter thus revealing, the instability of objectivity and the reality of subjectivity.
(Image: Krista Franklin, Transatlantic Turntable-ism, mixed media. from Callaloo‘s Hip Hop issue.)
The larger implications of Franklin’s art practice speak to the spiritual and metaphysical realm in the sense of finding peace with the unknown. Making a commitment to explore and participate in the experience of life from the vantage point of surrender. Her practice also suggests one’s opinion is simply one’s opinion, one’s taste is simply one’s taste and thus, one’s experience is simply one’s experience. Live it deeply or miss the hidden bounty of life.
(Image: Lillian Bertram, Krista Franklin, 2008)
Krista Franklin’s poetry and visual art have most recently appeared in RATTLE, Indiana Review, Ecotone, Clam, Callaloo, MiPOesias.com, and the anthology Gathering Ground. Her mixed-media collages have been published on the covers of award-winning books, and she has exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions. Franklin is also a Cave Canem Fellow, and the co-founder of 2nd Sun Salon, a community meeting space for writers, visual and performance artists, musicians and scholars.
View Krista’s artwork here.
Read Krista’s poetry here.