I’m very focused on portraiture with my art, and to me, that is where the story-telling aspect comes in.
Art may reveal itself in many creative ways, & in this particular case, I’d love to introduce my audience to the arist known as Alexis Franklin, with her exclusive interview –
“I would best describe what I do as telling stories, I suppose. I would describe my art as free. I’ve never been one to follow many rules, when it comes to art, and that is undoubtedly because I am self taught, and everything I do, I do because of experimentation. I would like to get more classic training under my belt, though. I’m still learning most of the terminology associated with art. I do so many things not knowing that there’s a name for it, and it would make my life much easier.
I’m very focused on portraiture with my art, and to me, that is where the story-telling aspect comes in. However, those stories are not usually clear. I figure the fun in what I do is allowing people to project whatever narrative they’d like on to my paintings. What is most enjoyable for me is re-imagining something that I’ve seen or someone that looks interesting to me. Having the power to subtly change something about that person and changing their whole story is my favorite thing to do, but the story I had in my head may not be what other people see.
I just paint and step back and let the viewer think of it what they may. There is no wrong or right answer, and that is the message that I’d like to instill in others. I feel as if a lot of people view artists as this club of enlightened individuals who have the most profound and thought-provoking answers to every question. I used to see these documentaries on modern artists, and they all had so much to say. All of their art had some sort of deep message behind it. Therefore, I figured that I needed to find out what my own message was. What was it that I needed to shout to the world, and If I didn’t have anything to shout, was I even an artist? A long time ago, someone even asked me what my message was, and when I said I didn’t have one, they questioned my title as an “artist” all-together.
It took me a while to realize that I didn’t need that to be an artist. I can do whatever I please, and that’s what makes art so much fun. In an ironic way, I suppose that is my message. Not everything you do has to have a meaning behind it. If there’s a stroke over the eyes of the subject in my painting, it probably didn’t mean anything. I just liked the way it looked, and that’s how I go about every one of my pieces–“I just like the way it looks” and that’s totally fine.
Art is about what you make it. If you have something to say through your artistry, let it all out. However, if you can’t find what it is you want/need to say, you shouldn’t feel pressured to search for it. You’re allowed to create what you’d like without explanation or reason.
Anything can inspire me, really. However, I draw most of my inspiration from life–more specifically, the mundanity of life. I’ve always loved people watching, and that eventually grew in to a love of capturing those people in another form.
Like I mentioned before, it gives me the power to change that person’s story, and if I had no idea what the story was to begin with, I get to make one up. I get to interpret things as I see them, and not necessarily as they are all of the time. It’s sort of like a constant collaboration. Things I see/hear/experience give me inspiration, and I add my own flavor to them.” – Alexis Franklin.