Arthaus Projects to debut ‘A Diary of Bodily Pain’ exhibit

PHOTO PROVIDED Feminist artist Frank Locke will debut her “A Diary of Bodily Pain” exhibit at Arthaus Projects this week, which will feature works like the one shown above.

For many people that endure a chronic illness, putting their pain into words can be too hard to manage. That’s why Frank Locke tells her story through art.

Locke, who has long suffered the affects of irritable bowel syndrome and polycystic ovarian syndrome, uses her chosen medium of textiles to express the suffering she has experienced at the hands of these debilitating illnesses. It’s a cathartic experience for her, and a learning experience for everyone else.

Now, those works will be on display locally, as her “A Diary of Bodily Pain” exhibit is set to debut at 6 p.m. this Friday at Arthaus Projects, 140 West Forth St. Locke, who will attend the opening, is scheduled to do a talk at 7:30 p.m.

“This show is going to be interesting as the medium and subject matter is quite different from we normally show,” said Arthaus Projects executive director John Yogodzinski. “Frank’s use of words and the medium of women’s undergarments really provide a powerful statement.

“The fact that this opens during Little League, I feel like the ‘world’ is in for an intimate look into Frank’s mind,” he added.

A self-described “feminist artist,” Locke was given the opportunity for a solo show at Arthaus Projects after winning the gallery’s juried show “Zeitgeist” last year. In that show, which focused on current events, she was able to win over jurors with her piece entitled “Even Though I Could.”

The winning piece of artwork featured women’s gloves embroidered with the phrase, “And still everything is the same even though I did my best to get as far away as I could.”

“This piece, when paired with the artist’s statement, really spoke to the jurors as it almost talks about the artists personal experiences,” Yogodzinski said.

Yogodzinski is excited that Locke’s exhibit will be bringing a more unconventional medium to the gallery, and will be using the show to gauge what kind of draw fiber artwork exhibitions might have in the future at Arthaus Projects.

“This will be our first venture into the fiber world,” he said. “If the exhibit goes well we might consider doing a fiber show for 2019 or 2020.”

More than anything, Yogodzinski is hoping that Locke’s artworks will have an emotional impact on those who walk through the gallery doors, whether its positive or negative.

“I’m of the philosophy of throwing something at the wall and seeing what sticks,” he said. “Now I don’t literally throw the works on the wall, but the gallery can be a forum to discuss just about anything through art. We’ve shown works that were protested, other shows were positively received by the general public.

“Art at it’s core is supposed to evoke emotion,” he added. “I’m hoping people feel something when they see Frank’s work on display.”

The exhibit will be running until Sept. 29. For more information, go to or call 570-435-7080.