MODULE #5 -ARTIST’S STATEMENT – OUTSIDE AND INSIDE PLANTS
Living beside them, being nurtured by them, but taking them for granted, Franklin has lived for years in a wonderful bog-world with hardly a thought for them other than as subject matter for landscapes or for their colour or shade. The plant species in the wetland, as varied and individual as family or friends, make up a wonderful synthesis which together form a peat bog. The sedges and rushes and grasses are numerous and predominate the foreshore of the lake. In the grasses in spring, before the high water inundates the bog, bloom buttercups and forget-me-nots in profusion so enchanting as to beg for bouquets for lovers. The willows which they surround produce pink tendrils at the waterline when the water, which would otherwise drown them, rises.
The secrets that all these community members hide in their bodies were unknown to this artist. The botany lab has enabled a revelation and a fascination to learn more about all the plants has been awakened. What is inside the outside? How do es each plant function? What is their role in the wetland that is so precious to the existence of the lake?
Stay tuned ……………..
“ 571 “ 36 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas
Allison encouraged us with a more structured contemplation of our place and Franklin chose to watch the evening light fade to dark over Salmon Arm. She watched the Covid-weary workers leaving offices and shops for the sanctuary of home, some cocooned in their private vehicles, others walking or biking in the fading light. The evening observation brought new compassion for those with strange ideas about Covid , about isolation and about conspiracies to curtail freedom. Retreating to their homes and loved ones, those beset by ideologies that marginalize them must feel the weight of their ideas oppress them and for that compassion may be the only rational response, since logic appears to fail.
“ 571 “ is an image abstracted from the night view of the city lights of Salmon Arm and the reflections in the window through which those far lights were observed.
Philosophy of Art – Artist Statement – Linda Franklin
Image 1 Sketch #1
Image 2 Sketch #2
Image 3 Van Gogh’s Boots , Acrylic on paper on cradled panel, 16 x 20
Image 4 Heidegger’s Hammer, Acrylic on paper on cradled panel, 16 x 20
Franklin responded to the November module with great interest and enthusiasm.
The initial lecture on Heidegger was very stimulating and engendered a lot of subsequent discussion at home and with friends. The discussion Heidegger undertakes about Van Gogh’s paintings of shoes and the reaction to those musings were very interesting. Following Shapiro and Derrida down the rabbit hole proved fascinating. Heidegger’s division of the world into Being , Things and Human Beings and his work on the origin of The Work of Art brought about further ideas about balance and the prompted the images for the diptych with the balancing man.
Two works were produced on paper mounted on16 x 20 cradled panels. They both feature Van Gogh’s boots, and Heidegger’s hammer, after his discussion of things as tools,
The second lecture of the module on Bachelard’s Poetics of Space was interesting to the artist ,as the design of homes with full working drawings, was her livelihood for many years. Bachelard’s very personal reaction to his childhood home resonated with the designer in the artist and prompted the images of buildings in the two works.
Module #1 – Artist’s Statement – Contemplative Practice of Writing
Image 1 “Doodling Towards Chaos”, 16 x 20, Acrylic on paper on cradled panel
Image 2 & 3 Sketches for Order and Chaos
Image 4 “Walking The Line between Order and Chaos”, Acrylic on canvas 30 x 40
Franklin responded to the prompt to simply “doodle “, a primary mover in the POW approach to a generative process for creative concepts. As an inveterate doodler, she went to the studio with the idea of “simply doodling” in paint. Her process began with pouring tar gel onto heavy watercolour paper and dealing with the shapes and spaces that the dried gel produced. The results were a 15 x19 painting, in which the chaotic shapes and colours were balanced with a more restful quiet space for the eye.
The idea of the balance between chaos and order is an interesting concept to anyone wishing an interesting life; a good relationship or maybe even an interesting artwork, and is of particular interest to this artist.
The final artwork for this module is “Walking the Line Between Chaos and Order’, a 30 x40 acrylic on canvas.