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2017-19 | Smoke

The Smoke series marks a time of experimentation, both in terms of subject and material. I began to drastically depart from the photographic references that had guided my work thus far. I was living on my own for the first time. In my new surroundings I began to develop new symbols for home such as tents and cages. Fire, smoke, and atmosphere became personified in the stories I told. All these things combined with my interests in space and military technologies to create one of my most varied bodies of work.

In cases where a work did not perfectly fit the themes of a series, I placed that work according to date. I placed these less related works at the bottom of the page.

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with rug, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with rug, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with rug bleed 2, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with rug 2, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with rug and fire, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with rug and fire, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event in bath, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event in bath, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event in bath with fur, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event in bath with fur, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with shiny nose, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with shiny nose, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with sparks, 2019, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with sparks, 2019, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with glowing eyes, 2019, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with glowing eyes, 2019, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with otium, 2019, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with otium, 2019, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with glowing crosses, 2019, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with glowing crosses, 2019, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with scan lines, 2019, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with scan lines, 2019, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with snake, 2018, oil on paper, 8"x16"
Franklin Ratliff, minor event with snake, 2018, oil on paper, 8"x16"

minor event with snake, 2018, oil on paper, 8"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with curl, 2018, oil on paper, 8"x16"
Franklin Ratliff, minor event with curl, 2018, oil on paper, 8"x16"

minor event with curl, 2018, oil on paper, 8"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with stealth bomber, 2018, oil on paper, 8"x16"
Franklin Ratliff, minor event with stealth bomber, 2018, oil on paper, 8"x16"

minor event with stealth bomber, 2018, oil on paper, 8"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with troll, 2018, oil on paper, 8"x8"

minor event with troll, 2018, oil on paper, 8"x8"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with projected tent, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with projected tent, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with projected woods, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with projected woods, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with intruder, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with intruder, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with grandmother, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with grandmother, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with red cloud, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

minor event with red cloud, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with red cloud 2, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

minor event with red cloud 2, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with target, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

minor event with target, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event guided by lasers, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

minor event guided by lasers, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with targeted fish, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

minor event with targeted fish, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with home organ, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

minor event with home organ, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with fire in organ, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

minor event with fire in organ, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with organ, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

minor event with organ, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with lizard, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

minor event with lizard, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with glowing block, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

minor event with glowing block, 2019, oil on paper 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event through smokescreen, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event through smokescreen, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event through smoke, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event through smoke, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16", not available

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with meteors, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with meteors, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with yellow smoke, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with yellow smoke, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event in flames, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x32"
Franklin Ratliff, minor event in flames, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x32"

minor event in flames, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x32"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with campfire, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x32"
Franklin Ratliff, minor event with campfire, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x32"

minor event with campfire, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x32"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with tent, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with tent, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with smeared chandelier, 2017, oil on film, 16"x16"

minor event with smeared chandelier, 2017, oil on film, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with chandelier, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with chandelier, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16", not available

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with cat on cage, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with cat on cage, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16", not available

Franklin Ratliff, minor event without cage, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event without cage, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x16", not available

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with offering, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x32"
Franklin Ratliff, minor event with offering, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x32"

minor event with offering, 2017, oil on paper, 16"x32"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with tree trunk, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with tree trunk, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with rabbit, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

minor event with rabbit, 2018, oil on paper, 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with red rabbit, 2018, oil on paper 16"x16"

minor event with red rabbit, 2018, oil on paper 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with radar, 2019, oil on canvas 16"x16"

minor event with radar, 2019, oil on canvas 16"x16"

Franklin Ratliff, minor event with trees, 2019, oil on canvas 16"x16"

minor event with trees, 2019, oil on canvas 16"x16"

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