This week’s featured artist is Chet Franklin, a senior art and American Sign Language double major. His piece, “Connection,” was created as part of John Blosser’s Drawing 101 class this past fall semester. Chet stuck to a black-and-white color palette for this work using inkwash on masonite with newspaper, gesso and string. Franklin said, “I chose to use strictly black and white imagery so that I could connect the drawn images to the newspaper print, as well as to simplify the image as a whole.” Franklin also said that the “simplicity of color correlates to the simplicity of human connection, being where the title ‘Connection’ comes from. Throughout the work there are many different symbols for human connection and empathy, both being main themes in this piece. One example of this is the handwritten words that become symbolic for language as a necessary means of connection for humans.”

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