Painters & Sculptors Program 2018 Krista Franklin

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Krista Franklin

Chicago, IL
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Krista Franklin is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has appeared in Poetry, Black Camera, Copper Nickel, Callaloo, Vinyl, BOMB Magazine, Encyclopedia Vol. F-K and L-Z, and several anthologies. She is the author of Under the Knife (Candor Arts, 2018) and Study of Love & Black Body (Willow Books, 2012). Franklin is a frequent contributor to the projects of fellow artists, including performances and voiceovers for the projects of Cauleen Smith, and the text for Ayanah Moor’s Untitled (OFFERINGS). Her art has been exhibited at Poetry Foundation, Konsthall C, Rootwork Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Chicago Cultural Center, The National Museum of Mexican Art, and on the set of 20th Century Fox’s Empire. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and teaches Writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


“My work is a combination of poetics, pop culture, and Black signification. I employ a variety of media to consider African diasporic histories, the mystical, and the speculative, striving to make legible the dynamic interiority and histories of Black people, with particular attention to the experiences of African diasporic women.”


  • The Two Thousand and Thirteen Narrative(s) of Naima Brown, 2013, synthetic hair, handmade paper, beeswax, acrylic, dimensions variable

  • ...voyage whose chartings are unlove., 2013, altered book, chain, synthetic plants, and sand, dimensions variable

  • Do Androids Dream of How People Are Sheep, 2011, gouache, watercolor and collage on watercolor paper, 24 x 30 inches

  • Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair, 2011, synthetic hair, hair pins, collage, handmade paper, 17.5 x 28 inches

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.