Printmaking, painting, drawing and collage are mediums I use to explore both the world of nature and the world of who and what we are as human beings. I see the outer world as a mirror, reflecting in visual symbol and metaphor all that makes up our existence. Abstracting and simplifying images and forms allows me to focus on the feelings and qualities of the subject.
For the past fifteen years I've drawn inspiration from some of my favorite themes in nature; islands, water and sea life, for example. I use the elements of line, color, form and light to go beyond imitation or manipulation and try to bring out something of the spirit of the subject. Because the press and my studio are in the same building, I can easily work back and forth between printmaking and painting mediums, so there is a great climate for experimentation. I have worked in lithography, etching and other printing forms, and am currently exploring the vast possibilities of photoetching and monotype. Printmaking forces me to think upside down and backwards. It brings surprises, and new perceptions.
Frankie Odom began studying art at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education - Art. She continued with coursework at the University of Southern Maine in Advanced Drawing and Painting and finally earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Frankie joined the Peregrine Press in the mid-nineties.
In the summer months Frankie works out of her studio on Monhegan Island, Maine. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries along the coast of Maine including a juried show at the Center for Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine and shows at both University of New England campuses. Her work has also been included in the collection at the Governor’s mansion, The Blaine House, in Augusta, Maine. Frankie designed and installed the “The Star Memorial Wall”, a permanent installation to honor lost loved ones at the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine.