Jody Franklin - September Featured Artist

Posted on | Sunday, August 28, 2011 | 16 Comments

 Art Speak - Meet the Artist September 11, 2 - 4 pm 
Jody will speak about his work featured in the special exhibit room.

Artist Statement: “Organic Surrealism”
Arriving in Indiana in 1995, shortly after receiving my Bachelors Degree in Fine Art and my Masters Degree in Science in Art at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, I made the decision to make Crawfordsville my home. 1995 was also the year I ended my military career with the U.S. Navy/Navy Reserve. I served in Operation Desert Storm in 1990/1991, where I received the Navy Accommodation Medal for my duties in Kuwait & Iraq.

During college and to the present day, my influences go back to many artists and art styles in history. The works of Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso, Max Ernst, Otto Mueller, Antonio Gaudi, Vermeer, Surrealism, German Expressionism, Pre-Raphaelites and Cubism, I would have to say, spark many of my artistic inklings. Specifically, I do not copy their styles but use bits and pieces of each in order to achieve my vision of what I am trying to do. For me, true art is the application of self to any medium no matter what your specific style is!

It was after the war that I began to develop my own visual style. My oil paintings depict images of brightly colored, fragmented, yet organic flowing figures in a surreal landscape. To best describe my work I would have to say that each figure represents the feelings I had during the war, that all of us are fragmented; from each other, from nature, from the great creator - God!

This current showing is about a play on one word, Trinity, and through that word, exploring my war experience. I found it odd that in the early years of our development of the nuclear bomb that the code name for the first atomic bomb test, was called, “Trinity”. My thoughts then turned toward a higher definition of the Trinity which is of God, Son, and Holy Spirit. The extreme nature in the use of this one word (trinity) seemed perfect for my thoughts on fragmentation. Fragmentation grew from a single thought or series of thoughts, which were and still are manifested throughout my artistic style.

What many do not know is that I love to create in any form. One of my favorites is writing. Accompanying each painting I have included a poetic piece in this series. My intent is to explore my own thoughts and feelings in both the painting and poem. The enrichment and exploration of the work is yours to ponder.

Example of what you will see in the current show.

The Resurrection Garden

A shadow of evil
Approaching the forgotten soul.
The light
Burning brighter than a lump of coal.

Dark wanderings
Intent and purpose fail.
Enlightenment flowers
Beneath heaven, above hell.

Yesterdays crashing
Alone, cold, and bewildered.
She cries to her knees mashing
Resurrection with a word.

This light
Away from dark entities.
Away from dark enemies
In the warmth of Gods might.
Jody / 2011


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    Belated as it is, thank you both for your support and inspiring me to create more and more! Jody

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