Larkin Ford spent his formative years in rural North Carolina and earned his BFA degree at UNC Asheville before relocating to Atlanta. He weaves personal experience into enigmatic narratives through drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Ford’s work was included in The Oxford American magazine’s New Superstars of Southern Art, selected for the Juror’s Prize at the 2016 New Kids exhibition at Eyedrum Art Gallery, and awarded Best in Show by juror Radcliffe Bailey in a 2016 GSU exhibition. Ford had a solo exhibition at UNC Asheville in 2016.
Interviewed by Ariana Yandell
Q: Looking at your work, I see a bit through the lens of Edward Hopper and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. There are elusive and grotesque elements at play in some of your work. For you, does the grotesque fall under a sense of schadenfreude or some other realm of critique?
A: For me, the grotesque body always comes back to an insistence on our materiality by exaggerating the permeable borders between the body’s interior and exterior. Wounds, dialysis tubing, open mouths, urination, and defecation have found their way into various works. Although there is often an implication of pain, there’s also an element of farce in many instances