Musings- Ms. Lurlynn Franklin’s Art Show Opening

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Tags”Colored Cartoons in Undeniable Blackness”, arts, Caritas Village, Memphis artist Lurlynn Franklin, politics
Memphis teacher and artist, Ms. Lurlynn Franklin using mixed media of painted and stamped cloth/quilt works to share a part of the world as she knew it through her eyes of “undeniable Blackness”. Each “cloth” gave familiar thoughts and stories revealing the realities of Black life in America. Nothing of a stereotypical mad-Black-sista perceptions, stereotypes given to share a much more profound and complex message. Ms. Franklin also read several pieces of her poetry that directly co-related to the art works. Ms. Franklin’s pieces will remain at Caritas Village until October 27th.

[As Ms. Franklin puts it: “Colored Cartoons in Undeniable Blackness is a collection of story quilts and poetry which are distinctly African-American in content, addressing the thin line drawn between stereotypes and truths. Bothe writings and the visuals lend themselves towards social commentary, deliberately falling short in being hardcore political, the work lightly and deceptively skims the surface of personal politics, focusing on the mainstreams of modern “colored” life with humor and sarcasm.”]

Downtown Elementary School

Lurlynn Franklin is a local artist, writer and elementary school art teacher with Memphis City Schools. She was born and raised in Memphis. Lurlynn’s work is organic by nature – on several levels. Choosing to blend her writings with her paintings, she begins each piece by choosing the title, and letting the work evolve from there. Often her paintings are accompanied by short stories, combining the two mediums seamlessly together. Lurlynn also chooses to work with many non-traditional materials, using rolls of fabric, wallpaper, or even bits of clothing.

Lurlynn has participated in solo and group shows all over the country. In Memphis, her series “Cross Words / Quick Chick Fixe$” and “Fabled Truths: Self-portraits & Works in Progress” both opened at the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University. Her work has received many recognitions and awards from various groups including The Bodine Company and the Tennessee Arts Commission. In 2000 Lurlynn was chosen to paint the Memphis in May Festival Poster.

A recipient of an MFA in Painting from Memphis College of Art, Lurlynn Franklin is currently an art educator at Lincoln Elementary School and is compiling a new series of works.

She has been featured on ArtsMemphis TV.