Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mythology and Transformation: Momentum Artist Samantha Franklin

Samantha Franklin, Tulsa

Laura Reese: What is your concept and inspiration for this piece in Momentum?
Samantha Franklin: My inspiration for this piece is from Ovid's Metamorphoses--the story of Phaethon, the son of Helios the sun god, who goes to find his father and ends up crashing the chariot that drives the sun across the sky. The passage that caught my attention was "When the father noticed that the morning star was setting, and the world was growing red, and the Moon's pale horns were vanishing, he ordered the passing Hours to prepare his steeds." My emphasis was on the transformation of night into day (and of course the beautiful words of the passage that jumped out at me) so I wanted to take a photograph representing this mournful change. The Moon's work is done and she is receding to allow the next phase to take place. 

Samantha Franklin, Moon's Pale Horns, Photography, $125

Please explain the technique and/or process you used to create this work.
My emphasis was on creating everything in camera with very little post-processing. I worked for a month or so to create the horns, trying to mold them using clay and other materials, and ended up painting and aging a pre-made set of horns. The dress was created with chiffon fabric. We tried to achieve a Greek-inspired but timeless, natural look, hence the unfinished edges and rough drapery. My closest friend, Taylor Cluck, who did the makeup for the photo, found the perfect model, Emily Purdom, who came up from Oklahoma City to participate. We drove to Skiatook Lake on an overcast day and in the course of two hours, with bugs crawling all over our ankles but the absolute perfect light, the picture was made. 

Where else can the audience see your work?
I had a solo show at Creative Room in the Pearl District [of Tulsa] in July of this year and plan to show again in the future. The best place to see my work right now is at

Momentum Tulsa opens October 12 with live music, performance and visual art by 51 young Oklahomans. The exhibition remains on display until October 24 at Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E Brady. Learn more or buy tickets at

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