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 depict plants in order to cultivate a reverence for unseen forces in nature. We live in the Anthropocene, the current epoch in which the human impact has drastically altered our planet. Overpopulation, deforestation and extinction are present realities. Even the ability to experience wonder in a forest is endangered. My work is a reaction against these looming threats.
Through observational drawings and research, I explore botanical processes as an entry point towards abstract painting but also as a metaphor for generating wonder. With complex sensory capabilities, plants detect, interact with and adapt to their environments in complex ways. For example, plants "see" color by detecting various wavelengths of light. Red light triggers a sleeping state, and blue light triggers growth. Other botanical senses include smell, touch and movement —phototropism (bending towards light) and gravitropism (orienting upright). Trees communicate through their root systems and some species care for their progeny. Clearly, my research into botany has generated a new appreciation for the complexity of plant life. Sharing wonder attempts to counteract climate change. Thus, my paintings function as aesthetic interplay between seeing and thinking, between representation and abstraction, and between lost and found.