Ed Franklin (EF): I remember someone I very much admire saying to me, "Let's have some fun and get lost in this beautiful city." I was just a kid at the time so the idea of being lost troubled me, but the more we walked, the more relaxed I became
and the more aware I became of the landscape around us. Being a bit lost makes you more aware of your surroundings.
Being a bit relaxed makes your surroundings more beautiful. With that excursion I began to look at drawing (and art in general) as language, communication, dialogue -a city to become lost in - alive with shape, colour, line, form, grid, repetition, pattern.
Everything is constantly talking to us. Lines that catch, entangle, move us along. I wanted to be part of that energy and movement.
LAL: What would you say is your number one inspiration in creating the pieces that you do?
EF: A lost and hidden time.
LAL: What goes into your design process for a new piece?
EF: A good deal of waiting and being patient.
LAL: What would you describe as the central theme of your artwork?
EF: Looking backwards— old German and Scandinavian toys, icons, Dada, modernism, a first kiss.
LAL: What do you think is the biggest reward in creating and sharing art?
EF: Being able to communicate in a different sort of language.
LAL: What went into the creation of the pieces being presented in the CSA shop?
EF: Energy, effort, thought— creating 30 small pieces in a very short amount of time becomes like building a small factory with an employee of one.
LAL: What does it mean to you being apart of CSA and supporting the local arts?
EF: Supporting any art and having the possibility of making someone even a little happier goes a long way in making me feel lucky and a bit better about the world.