Tory Franklin


Tory Franklin received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2000 and her MFA from Rutgers University in 2007. For the last 10 years she has focused on public art, fabricating site-specific works for MadArt Studio, Storefronts Seattle and Renton, Arts-A-Glow Festival, The VERA Project, Spaceworks Tacoma, Portland Winter Light Festival, and McCaw Hall. Working with her sister Eroyn, she co-created a permanent window piece for Harborview Medical Center, and they are currently working on the Star Lake light rail station for Sound Transit. She has received project grants from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4 Culture, and Artist Trust. She enjoys creating narrative installations which combine drawing and print in public settings, and is the evening Print Resource Lab Technician at Cornish College of the Arts, where she works one-on-one with students to push them beyond traditional formats.

Six Swans, 2014

Wood, PVC, Paint, Ink

Tory has created life-sized puppets based on the story of the “Six Swans”. Six princes have been turned into swans by their hateful stepmother. In order to free them, their sister must make six shirts for them and must not speak for six years. One day, a neighboring King is taken by her beauty and marries her, but once she has given birth to their first child, the King’s own wicked mother steals the child and accuses the mute Queen of treachery. Eventually, since she cannot speak in her own defense, the King gives in and the Queen is sentenced to be burned at the stake. On the day of her execution, she finished making the shirts for her brothers. She takes them with her to the stake and just as she is about to be burned, the six years expire and six swans come flying through the air. She throws the shirts over her brothers and they regain their human form. The Queen, now free to speak, defends herself against the accusations. Her mother-in-law is burned at the stake instead of her, everyone lives happily ever after.

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