Imagine you are given a cardboard box of your father’s belongings – things you haven’t seen for more than 26 years since his tragic death. What will you find inside?
What would you do if discovered within those precious things someone so different than the person you remembered?
How do you trace those clues and objects to find the truth and reconstruct a life after so many years have passed?
And more importantly, how do you take those pieces to finally make peace with the past?
This raw body of work picks at the emotional scars of suicide to reveal and examine father/daughter relationships, nostalgia, the faultiness of memory, and what people conceal in order to protect. By using these emotionally charged objects and historical documents, I interpret the past to create a portrait of my father. By sharing this secret that I’ve held too long, I hope to start conversations on mental health, memory, and identity and help others find a way through the grief into peace.
~Julia Franklin, 2017
Thursday, September 21 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Mary Berry Hall, Farnham Galleries
400-628 N C St, Indianola, IA 50125, USA