Karin Turner works as a painter and mixed-media artist .
She has created figurative acrylic and watercolor paintings for nearly two decades.
Her current work reflects an integration of traditional canvas mixed media acrylic paintings, watercolor works on paper, and assemblage sculpture installation with other mixed media to create simple straight-forward messages that can be experienced in both a visual and affective manner.
My work examines of the combination of brown skin,watermelon,natural hair, voluptuous figures,and how aesthetically uplifting affectations influence women.
I offer images of stylized self portraits of my h2omelon woman that are stark, real, funny, and honest, that transcend race and class.
They are purposely glamorized images that boast an idealized femininity in its truest form; buoyant, tolerant, happy,sexual, loving, and joyous self loving.
*The underlying exploration that runs through my work is an examination of how actions are influenced by personal experience and how those experiences can either enable or inhibit a desired outcome.
I am always amazed at how frequently viewers express almost a relief to view an image that grants permission to feel worthy,joyful, stronger,sexual, and tolerant-(accepting) of what they feel are their imperfections. Part of this amazement is because these images are like big 'post-it' notes reminders to myself at times, and well, it's a relief to know i'm not alone in these particular moments of self criticism.
Publishing my work is an attempt at raising a positive joyous static through self awareness.
As a society, we have achieved an imbalance by becoming very practiced at welcoming,socializing and highlighting negativity without a relief of optimism . In my experience I've found that "joy" is often dismissed as a subject unworthy of exploration because it's not 'heavy' or salacious enough to be taken seriously. Joy is a simply a discipline that must be practiced. My imagery is a tool of this practice. I take my JOY very seriously, yours too.
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