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Avis Turner

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Birthplace
New York

Birth year
1957

Lives in
Connecticut

Works in
Connecticut, Maine, Vermont

Website

Representing galleries
Old Lyme Ct. ; Miriam Green Antiquarian Clinton Ct., Cooley Gallery

Tags
modern, realism, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, butterfly, botanical hybrids, drawings, seeds, seed pods, Moth, moth orchids, flowers.orchids, bronze figurative

Statement

 

statment:

Art is my dance with the universe.

inspired by:

natural world, quantum physics, science, Rilke, Bach, and cultural anthropology

studios:

Connecticut and Maine

landscape-mappings (2013- )

These new works are the result of my current musings in the studio. I think of them as both landscape and map. They are conceived in the tradition of the dream-time paintings from the ancient aboriginal peoples of now Australia. My landscape-mappings are about migrations, seasonal rhythms, ocean tides, layers of time and change.

In the studio, I am thinking about vast cyclical animal migrations across the globe- whales, monarch butterflies, and birds. I am aware of my own circadian clock, solar induced seasons, rotations of star constellations, and phases of the moon. Further influences include the earth’s natural magnetic fields, and the song lines.  

Like a great symphony or a shaken snow globe, all of this living matter is ever swirling, ever fluctuating, to find some momentary balance for earth’s breathing.

 

bronze sculpture (1986- )

They are of tribes, nomadic. They are wanderers arriving. Existing beyond time – they may be ancient beings, or future ones. They are manifestations of feminine archetypes, which I intuit.

These avian humans, part animal or bird, are fully conscious and mindful; like Rilke's angels who exist in liminal spaces. Wordsworth called these uneasy, yet divine modes- “spaces of being”.

 

drawings:  seed pods, moth orchids, & botanical hybrids   (2008- )

When the economy tanked, casting my works in bronze became prohibitive. Paper was cheap, so I returned to drawing. It had been years, I am ashamed to say, since drawing anything beyond quick model sketches and studies. So the work began...and have evoled. 

At this time I was reading (Michael Pollen's: Botany of Desire and In Defense of Food) about plant evolution and human intervention; about GMOs and our disruption of the earth’s natural bio-diversity; about global seed banks and all the while my Phalaenopsis orchids where blooming brilliantly in the studio window above the drawing table.

Under this certain influence, my fractal drawings of cells and seed pods evolved to become imaginary botanical hybrids, and I dreamed that feisty insects (grasshoppers, beetles and moths) might form alliances with the plant kingdom in order to survive the devastation inflicted by human chemicals and selective breeding.

 

select exhibitions:

Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme Ct. 2010-current

New Britian Museum of Ameircan Art, Ct. annual juried members show: 2008 bronze sculpture, "Prospero's Book of Air" (awarded sculpture prise), 2012 bronzesculpture "Scottish Nike"; 2013 painting,"Higgs Boson Particle"

Polonaise Gallery, Woodstock Vt.  2001-08

Alla Rogers Gallery, Wash.DC 1990-98

City Gallery, Artist Co-operative, Georgetown Wash. DC  1989-91

Dumbarton Oaks Wash. DC 1990

Ipomal Gallery, Landgraff,  Netherlands 1991 (one person show)

Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan 1988 (by invitation, group show)

Muscarrelle Museum, faculty show Williamsburg, Va. 1888

select teaching experience:

College of William & Mary 1987-89

American University  1987-98

Sidwell Friends School  1991-98

Additionally: public & private schools in Connecticut; museums, art centers, private lessons....

education:

       Trained in - Reggio Emilia, Arts PROPEL, and Understanding by Design

MFA        American University, Sculpture with Honors, 1986

National Sculpture SocietyYoung Sculptor Award& Scholarship;

Graduate Honors Scholarship, and the Watkins Gallery Purchase Prize

BS          American University, Art Education, 1981

AA          Endicott College, Early Child Developement, Endicott Fellow Award, 1977

 

 

 

Recent Exhibits

Avis Turner participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2012 new works ~ seed pods & plakton series~ changing each week
Starbucks, Farmington Ct.
 
Sep, 2011 new works
Matthew's Restaurant
 
May, 2011 Small Bronzes, Mixed Media Moth orchids, & Encaustic Assemblage
FVAC Farmington Valley Arts Center
 
Feb, 2011 Open Studio ~ first Saturdays
FVAC Farmington Valley Arts Center
 
Jan, 2011 Small Bronzes
Cooley Gallery
 
Exhibited at these venues

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