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Arist Interview: FrAnKiE

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Artist Interview: FrAnKiE

What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
“FrAnKiE’s Jour­ney” is best told as a short cre­ative nar­ra­tive, as most good sto­ries are.

“Long ago, longer now than I can remem­ber, along the roads with no roots, lived a girl that believed. She believed in the mag­ic that was, and that is, but most­ly in the mag­ic that had yet to be cre­at­ed. That was the mag­ic with infi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties, the kind with­out bound­aries the kind that grew wings in your mind. It is sim­ple mag­ic that can be cre­at­ed with any­thing as unas­sum­ing as a pen­cil and paper. Wher­ev­er she went, she stuck a pen­cil in her hair and a note­book at her hip. She prac­ticed the mag­ic dai­ly, begin­ning with sim­ple forms around her, and then cre­at­ing oth­er worlds. This prac­tice was her con­sis­ten­cy in an incon­sis­tent world; it was her escape; it was her peace; it was her love. Even as the years passed when she need­ed to find some solace she would turn to her prac­tice, in return, the mag­ic was loy­al to her even through strug­gle, and through change, and through times of scarci­ty. Even dur­ing the times she almost gave up. Her whole life every­one had called it a gift. She just hadn’t real­ized it was until now. It was her gift, and she want­ed to share it. She want­ed to watch the won­der fill bro­ken souls, and bring life to the drudgery of every­day life. So she did, and it grew infi­nite­ly, and she became whole again as she watched the world around her become even more beautiful. ”

How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
I’m a self-taught artist, I have always been cre­ative but I start­ed my jour­ney as a pro­fes­sion­al artist a lit­tle over a year ago in 2018. I enjoy cre­at­ing curi­ous art inspired by won­der. I am also a writer and illus­tra­tor. My spe­cial­ty is an exper­i­men­tal art style I call Tin­ker Illus­tra­tion, I blend mixed media, illus­tra­tion, and sim­ple engi­neer­ing to cre­ate tex­tured, 3d, and often times inter­ac­tive pieces. I am kind of a “Jane of many trades” I cre­ate sculp­tures with poly­mer clay, I am a mural­ist, and I also cre­ate art instal­la­tions, as well as pho­tog­ra­phy and cin­e­matog­ra­phy props, and back­drops, I am also a chil­dren’s book illustrator.

When I start­ed to cre­ate Tin­ker Illus­tra­tions, the goal was to cre­ate a bit of mag­ic to hang on your wall that you could play with as you walk by. Any­one who has ever met me will tell you I am a bit of a squir­rel, I am con­sis­tent­ly work­ing, or fid­get­ing, or pon­der­ing, or day­dream­ing, and so cre­at­ing pieces with many dif­fer­ent medi­ums, this allows my brain the chal­lenges it needs to stay focused, it brings me peace. I think to see the won­der in peo­ples eyes when they see my work is prob­a­bly one of the most beau­ti­ful things I have ever expe­ri­enced. I can see them become curi­ous and inspired and want to go home and give it a shot and that makes my heart so full.

What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
It has most def­i­nite­ly been a jour­ney full of curios­i­ty and won­der I am con­stant­ly learn­ing. I have a bit of a “Squir­rel Brain” so I love work­ing with new medi­ums and learn­ing what I can do with them. As I men­tioned In the sto­ry of my jour­ney above, I feel as an artist it is our job to share our gift of mag­ic with oth­ers, it helps to heal, and change or observe peo­ples per­spec­tive, it helps us as a com­mu­ni­ty come togeth­er with love and under­stand­ing. It’s a com­mon lan­guage that we all speak and enjoy and it sparks con­ver­sa­tion and dialect even among those that would oth­er­wise be feud­ing. We need this, we always have and we always will, it is part of the intri­cate weav­ing that brings us all togeth­er. In a sense, it is the love lan­guage of the human race. In a way, this is what dri­ves my evolution.

It has most def­i­nite­ly been a jour­ney full of curios­i­ty and won­der I am con­stant­ly learn­ing. I have a bit of a “Squir­rel Brain” so I love work­ing with new medi­ums and learn­ing what i can do with them.

What is your process like?
I typ­i­cal­ly have a dream or a day­dream about most of my cre­ations before I cre­ate them. I write it down and start test­ing on how I can bring the cre­ation to life.

Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
not at this moment

What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
I typ­i­cal­ly am par­tic­u­lar with the linework but I love let­ting water­col­or and wet acrylics do their thing.

Where do you see your work going from here?
I cur­rent­ly just opened a stu­dio called “The Black Squir­rel Stu­dios” in Edom, TX. I am work­ing to expand class­es in the stu­dio as well as through Patre­on. I am also Illus­trat­ing two books at the moment one of which will be released in the spring of 2020. I am so excit­ed to see what the future holds, the pos­si­bil­i­ties feel lim­it­less. Thanks so much for all of your sup­port! Stay curi­ous and won­der often my mag­i­cal friends!

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