My artistic practice stems from, and responds to, the act of collecting. I am interested in the transient and transformative character of objects as they evolve, erode, and alter throughout time. These fragmented and ambiguous forms serve as a point of departure within my making process. It is through physical work with the material that the disparate elements become unified into a singular entity. I believe these materials possess the capacity to act as a proxy for things beyond itself and its seemingly simple material existence. I am drawn to the metaphorical nature of these things, the traces of life they carry, and the simultaneously objective and subjective memory that can be found in their contents.
Austin Turley is a contemporary artist whose objects and images explore themes of presence, memory, time, and vulnerability within the layers of human existence. He received a BFA in sculpture in 2013 from Pacific Northwest College of Art. After graduating Austin worked as a glass caster at Bullseye Glass Company for four years. He has been awarded residences from GLEAN (Portland, OR), Arquetopia (Puebla, Mexico), Hinge Arts (Fergus Falls, MN) and grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and Regional Arts and Cultural Council. His work has been exhibited nationally and is represented by Gray Contemporary (Houston, TX). Austin currently resides in Portland, OR.