Frank Rodick - Studies for a Mouth
Frank Rodick (CAN)
Three Studies for a Mouth (Explorations in statecraft, love, and the passing of woes)

conceptual work, chromogenic print installed in unique wooden case made by hand from black walnut, 1 3/8 x 9 3/4 x 5 1/2 inch


Three Studies for a Mouth (Explorations in statecraft, love, and the passing of woes) is comprised of three images, all representing states in extremis.

The first is an image derived from a WWI pamphlet of a soldier wounded in such a way that his mouth has been severely disfigured.

The second image is of a figure bound with a ball gag, the sort of device associated with sadomasochistic sexual practices.
The last image is of my father, approximately one hour after his death in 2004.

Together, the triptych becomes a kind of “holy trinity” of violence, sex, and death, all of it visually titrated onto that most primal of organs, the human mouth.

Each of these also represents a personal rite of passage; the first image was my initiation to institutionalized violence when I discovered these war images as a young child; the second represents a furtherance of sexual exploration; finally, the third image comes from that simultaneously unique and universal sense of death that one experiences after the passing of a parent.



Frank Rodick - Studies for a Mouth

Frank Rodick - Studies for a Mouth