ARTIST STATEMENT: Angela Franklin
In global societies, there is often a tendency to view current events or monumental tragedies as specific to that region of the world or that city only. However, in reality, culture, ideology, perspective and history are often interchangeable issues that impact people in one region and can easily be related to an issue in another far flung corner of the world. Someone once told me that distance and borders are physical but issues of oppression, identity, bias, etc. move fluidly across frontiers of time and space.
My works are narrative tales that explore and give testimony to people of The Diaspora and their shared experiences and philosophies with other cultures. The works celebrate, honor and define our history, relationship to each other and relationship with those cultures/countries who knowingly and unknowingly share a similar history. The IN THE SCRAMBLE series explores moments of reconnection when people from disparate regions of The Diaspora arrive in a new community and realize the connections they have and at the same time all that they have lost. It is the yearning for what “once was” or the dream of what “could be” that is narrated in many of these pieces. I choose to recreate those moments when we realize that the geographical lines that designate a continent and her people are sometimes merely a physical indicator but the intensity of life forces us to cross those lines.
I am passionate about working with textiles and mixed media. While textiles may seem delicate, the messages I choose to deliver are often quite powerful. The brilliance of color and the tactile appeal often draw people in and at that moment a message is revealed. As the poet Audre Lourde said, “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So, it is better to speak.” Via color, design, memory and emotions - I speak!
ARTIST BIO-ANGELA FRANKLIN
With a BA in Art from Xavier University and her MFA from Bradley University, Angela Franklin-Faye has exhibited her works both throughout the US and internationally.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio she has lived abroad since 1997 and since 2007 has divided her time between Senegal and the United Arab Emirates. This international experience has resulted in a body of work that has encouraged her to chronicle the experiences of people from The Diaspora worldwide.
Her works are presently featured in the national exhibition of Contemporary African Art for the 13th DAK’Art Biennale along with the Dialogue in Black and White Exhibition at the Charleston City Gallery. In addition, Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, The Art Hub-Abu Dhabi, The Renwick Gallery - Smithsonian Institution, Ohio Craft Museum and Musee Boribana - Dakar are just a few of the spaces that have featured her work. Works by Franklin-Faye are in the corporate collections of Atlanta Life Insurance Company, The NationsBank, Arco Chemical and Household Finance.
In 2013, she earned a second Master Degree in Online Education and Leadership Management and credits this with having an even greater impact on her art work. She is the owner of Chez Alpha Books - a bookstore and academic resource center in Dakar, Senegal.