About Alice Franklin

IMG_8275 copyMy goal is to know the human spirit through meditation practices and through artistic exploration.

I have been designing and creating unique art and functional objects my whole life. I first put this impulse to use as an architect. I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO both as an undergraduate architecture major, and in 1977 with a M.ARCH. Throughout the 1970’s I worked in architectural firms in both St. Louis and Atlanta designing a community center in a park setting, a riverfront warehouse renovation, among other commercial projects. During the 1980’s, I worked in a primitive hooking technique making rugs, bags, sculpture and wall pieces. This work was exhibited in solo shows at Chastain Gallery and Ariel Gallery in Atlanta, as well as many group exhibitions. In the early 1990’s, I began creating works on paper, which were featured in individual exhibitions at the Chattahoochee Valley Museum in LaGrange, GA and at the TULA Foundation Gallery in Atlanta. Recently, my new three-dimensional works on canvas and paper were shown at the Swan Coach House Gallery in Atlanta. In addition, I have been making products using felted recycled sweaters. These pieces have been sold at Whitespace Gallery, Swan Coach House Summer Invitational, as well as many group shows.

My art is infused with an understanding from my years of spiritual cultivation. The patterns and mandalas emerge from a spiritual connection and, as a result, describe energy. They can influence the space where they reside, just as they may have an effect on the viewer. Most of the works, paintings and sculpture, are three-dimensional which reflects my architectural background—my desire to build and my ability to “see” three-dimensionally.

The felted art is crafted using recycled sweaters. This material as an inspiration for functional art is a natural outgrowth of a lifetime of working in fiber: sewing, primitive rug hooking, needlepoint, knitting, weaving, and every form of fiber art. Currently, I am making handbags, cashmere scarves, blankets, pillows and meditation zafus. Each is a one of a kind creation.

I have had a daily meditation practice for thirty years. For over 28 years, I have been an initiated student of a spiritual teacher, Wong Loh Sin See. During those years, I have attended too many local and retreat workshops, often spending as much as two months a year in retreat, as well as traveling to Thailand for more spiritual retreat. My practice has ancient roots in China and arrived in this country via Malaysia. This meditation practice is predominantly Taoist in nature, with a blending of Buddhism and Confucianism philosophy. I have been teaching Sum Faht meditation in my studio as well as hosting retreats in nature for over eight years.