Krista Franklin -- Under the Knife
Limited Edition of 500
8.5 x 11 x 2-1/8 inches, 280 pages
A work of art stitched together with collages, family stories and photos, Under the Knife, by writer and visual artist Krista Franklin is a limited-edition book published by Candor Arts.
"I consider Under the Knife to be the last in a trilogy on the body. My experiences on the surgical table have greatly influenced my artistic considerations on the corporeal, as well as my upbringing in the Pentecostal church, where I learned the body is a vessel, one that can be overtaken and, to an extent, puppeteered. It’s long been an intellectual and spiritual preoccupation for me. Under the Knife, itself, is an actual body that’s been taken apart and stitched back together in a number of ways, much like my own body." - Krista Franklin
Part memoir, part treatise, part collage and experiment, Under the Knife is an excavation; a dig at the sites of the construction and demolition of the poet/artist’s selves. Franklin plays fast and loose with fact at the crossroads of the history in a ruptured conversation about inheritance and the generational traumas that blossom in the body. Under the Knife hiccups, cross-fades and stops mid-sentence as Franklin cuts through the illusion of memory, the pathologies of history, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.
French-link handbound bookblocks coptic-stitched to clothbound hardcover colophon. Paper wrap cover foil stamped on front and spine. Printed on 5 different papers with Indigo 12000, RISO RZ 390U, and Letterpress. Design by Matt Austin, April Sheridan, Aay Preston-Myint, and Hannah Batsel.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Krista Franklin is a writer and visual artist based in Chicago. She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, a Cave Canem fellow and a Helen and Tim Meier Foundation for the Arts Achievement Awardee. Her visual art has exhibited at The Columbia Museum of Art, Poetry Foundation, Konsthall C, Rootwork Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Studio Museum in Harlem, Chicago Cultural Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, and was featured on 20th Century Fox’s Empire. Franklin currently teaches Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.