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Avis Turner

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20131111160233-mothmap1_
moth map_1 (close up), 2013 Pencils, Inks, Vellum, Maps 16' W X 20 © 2013
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moth map 7, 2013 Pencils, Inks, Vellum, Maps 16' W X 20
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cape moth, 2013 Pencils, Inks, Vellum, Maps 16' W X 20" H (matted) © 2013
20131112032127-claybrd_moth2
clayboard_plant_purple, 2013 Graphite, Inks & Watercolor on Archival Clay Board 14" H X 11" W © 2013
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moth map 4~, 2013 Pencil, Ink, Vellum, Maps 16' W X 20" H (matted)
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vellum_1 , 2013 20" H X 16" W (matted) © 2013
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vellum 19, 2013 Pencils, Inks, Vellum, Maps 20" H X 16" W (matted) © 2013
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vellum 17 close-up cicada wing, 2013 Mixed Media Drawing on Vellum 16' W X 20" H (matted) © 2013
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angels (close -up), 2013 Intaglio Etchings, Mixed Media-collage, on Arches Paper Approx. 28 © 2012
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clayboard_1, winged seedpod falling, 2013 Clay Board,watercolor, Pencil, Ink, Acrylic Glazes 8" X 8" © 2012
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Beetle Moth (Cicada), 2013 Graphite on Archival Clay Board 24" W X 18" H © 2013
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Higgs Boson Particle, 2012 Watercolor, Graphite, Acrylic Glaze 77"h X 44"w © 2012
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Botterflye, 11,2011 Watercolor, Pencil, Charcoal, Acrylic Glazes 68"h X 44'w © 2012
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Calathea Euphoria- Anthos, 2011 Graphite © 2011
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Lepidoptera Enkyos-Phalaina, 2011 Graphite © 2011
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Papilioniodea Nymphalidae- Karpos, 2011 Graphite © 2011
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Blue Beetle, 2010 Charcoal, Gouache, Acrylic Glaze, Papers, Gilts 30 X 22 Inches © 2010
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small bronzes, 2000-2011 Bronze 9 X 3 X 3 Inches © 2011
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Sea Nike, 2008 Bronze 9"h © 2008
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Circus Jester with Moon, 2007 Bronze 6" H © 2007
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liminal spaces, 2010 Etching Collage 22" X 30" © 2010
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first moth orchid, 2010 Pencil on Paper 24"x 33" © 2010
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boterflye, 2012 Mixed Media on Large Paper 6'h X 4' W © 2011
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leaf with seed pod, 2010 Pencil on Paper 7'x7" © 2010
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Dancer , 2011 Bronze 10" H With Base © 2011
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Becoming Bird, 2007 Bronze 8" H © 2007
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four seasons, november 2014 Pencil, Velum, Paper © 2014
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
up state New York
Birth year
1957
Lives in
Maine
Works in
Maine
Schools
Tags
butterfly, botanical hybrids, drawings, seeds, seed pods, Moth, moth orchids, flowers.orchids, bronze figurative, figurative, sculpture, mixed-media, realism, modern
Statement

 

"Art is my dance with the universe."

 

inspired by:  natural science, quantum physics, anthropology, music of Bach, writtings of Rilke, and more

studio:  Rockland, Maine   

 

2-D Art Works    [2010...]

 Landscape-Mappings with Botanical Hybrids, Moth Orchids & Seed Pods (2013- )

These works are conceived in the tradition of the dream-time paintings from the ancient aboriginal peoples of Australia. 

My landscape-mappings are about migrations, solar induced seasonal rhythms, and ocean tides.

In my studio on the coast of Maine,  I am thinking about the vast cyclical migrations of whales, monarch butterflies, and birds.

I am aware of my own circadian clock,  the rotations of star constellations, phases of the moon, and the earth's song lines.

Like a great symphony or a shaken snow globe, all of this living matter is ever swirling,

settling only momentarily in brief balance-ings  to be earth's breathing.

My first collaged, painted & gold leafed, "Landscapes of the Mind" where influenced by...

  The Lakota, who believe that a spiritual landscape exists within the physical one; the Navajo believe each landscape has its own sacred order.

  Scottish architect, designer & watercolorist, Charles Mackintosh,

the writtings of Michael Pollan (Botany of Desire) and Barry Lopez (Arctic Dreams).

 

Figurative Bronze Sculpture  [1986...]

My sculptures of avian-humans, are beings which I intuit.

They are sometimes manifestations of the femine archetype.

They may be animal, angels or Buddhist Bodhisattvas.

But, like the interpretations of Rilke in his Duino Elegies, I see these creatures exsisting  in liminal spaces ~

as Wordsworth said,... [devine] “spaces of being”.

 

With  MFA training  in classical figurative scultpture, I trace my artistic lineage

from the ancient Egyptians to the Archaic Greeks,

to Michelangelo; then on to Rodin, Maillol and Marini....  

 

select exhibitions:

  • Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme Ct. 2010-2012 (bronze sculpture)
  • New Britian Museum of Ameircan Art, Ct. annual juried members show:
  •       2008 winner of sculpture prize: "Prospero's Book of Air" ~ a flying figure
  •       2012  sculpture "Scottish Nike" small bronze 
  •       2013 painting,"Higgs Boson Particle" ~ large painting (77"h x 44"w)
  • Polonaise Gallery, Woodstock Vt.  2001-08
  • Alla Rogers Gallery, Washington, DC 1990-98
  • City Gallery, Artist Co-operative and founding member, Washington,DC  1989-91
  • Dumbarton Oaks Washington, DC 1990
  • Ipomal Gallery, Landgraff,  Netherlands 1991 (one person show)
  • Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan 1988 (by invitation, group show)
  • Muscarrelle Museum, faculty show W&M, Williamsburg, Va. 188
  • Numerous local exhibits annually...2011, 2013, 2015, 2016

select teaching experience:

  • Farmington Ct. Public Schools, (K-12) 2001-
  • Miss Porter's School, Ct. 1998-99
  • Sidwell Friends School, Wash. DC 1991-98
  • American University, Wash. DC (adjunct prof.) 1987-98
  • College of William & Mary , Williamsburgh, Va. (full time) 1987-89
  • Additionally: public & private schools; museums, art centers, & private lessons....

education:

  • Trained in: Reggio Emilia, Arts PROPEL, Understanding by Design
  • MFA  from American University, in Sculpture with Honors, 1986
  •             National Sculpture Society Young Sculptor Award & Scholarship;
  •             Graduate Honors Scholarship, and the Watkins Gallery Purchase Prize
  • BS  from American University, Art Education, 1981
  • AA  from Endicott College, Early Child Developement
  •             Endicott Fellow Award, 1977

 

 

 

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