Franki Sparke is an established visual artist living in Canberra – primarily a printmaker and illustrator who enjoys working with various print formats, multiples, zines and independent books. Her work has been awarded locally and internationally, selected for prestigious overseas print and illustration exhibitions ((eg Krakow Print Triennial, Poland; Guanlan Print Biennial, China; Bologna Children’s’ Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition, Italy; NAMI Illustration Concours, South Korea), and is featured in many of Canberra’s public places. Franki works mainly with simple printmaking techniques such as relief-print, stencil and risograph.
STILL HERE is the only response I currently have to this journey. It’s what comes out of my mouth when I’m asked. For each of us in our own way, it feels like an achievement – a small victory, just staying on our feet. I made the relief-printed background image during the bushfires in January, before we knew what else was coming. At the time it felt cathartic – in retrospect, it seems prescient.