Installation Artist and Printmaker
Tory Franklin’s narrative work incorporates a diverse amount of media unified by her use of pattern, print and scale. There is a constant skipping between the hand made and computer produced elements in her work with the site dictating which process is the victor.
Since returning to the northwest in 2010 she has focused on public installations inspired by folk tales. These temporary works were created for Arts-A-Glow, Mad Art, Storefronts Seattle, Storefronts Auburn, SoundTransit, The VERA Project, Spaceworks Tacoma and The Renton Arts Commission. In 2014 Tory completed Four Seasons, a year long window residency at 826 Seattle, which changed every few weeks focusing on four international tales themed to the seasons throughout the year. For this body of work she received a City Artists project grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and a 4Culture project grant. In 2015 she created her first permanent window piece with her sister Eroyn Franklin for Harborview Medical Center, utilizing digital prints on clear vinyl to create a stained glass like glow which led her into other light based projects. In 2016 she created a set of story lanterns telling the tale of Vasilissa the Brave from computer cut plastics and she is currently formulating other ways of working with light based installation work. In 2017 she created her first prototype for a series of kinetic toy theaters. She is currently working with Eroyn Franklin on several pieces for Sound Transit's Star Lake Light Rail station that will open in Kent in 2024. The station sites will contain digitally printed glass windscreens on the platform, laser cut lit pannels in the breezeway between sides and a formliner piece across the street at Mark Twain Elementry under the tracks that lead into the station. More details will be posted once designs go to the fabricator.
Tory received her BFA focusing on drawing and photography in 2000 from Cornish College of the Arts and her MFA focusing on print and paper installation in 2007 from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers. She is the Evening Print Resource Lab Technician at Cornish.