About the work
Turner lives and works in Brooklyn. She earned an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. Previously, she attended New York Studio School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture after having earned her BA from University of Vermont. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Memphis, and California.
My paintings address the sublime and the beauty of the botanical world. Plants provide an entry point into abstract painting and metaphysical thinking. Influenced by contemporary scientists and scholars such as David Chamovitz (What a Plant Knows), Michael Marder (The Philosophy of Vegetal Life), Hope Jahren (Lab Girl), Peter Wohleben (The Hidden Life of Trees), as well as writings by Joseph Campbell and John Muir, my paintings evoke a reverence for life. By observing a simple leaf, for instance, one finds a complicated systems at work in their sensory driven existence —adaptive and resilient.
My imagery alludes to specific plants or encounters with the numinous. I integrate color temperature, geometry, and emergent patterns on the canvas as I imagine how plants “see”—bending toward light, detecting colors by the length of their electromagnetic waves. My work begins with a sketches or snapshots taken during a particular moment in nature when a cinematic, optical event strikes a chord with me. Then, in my studio, I make many drawings and small paintings from that initial encounter. From those studies, I work on large canvases in oil paint.