• Spirit Heirloom, Moonlight on a Shimmering Rock, “If you wanted something to happen, you ask mama to pray for you.”

    hand-stitched quilts, ribbon, fabric dye, mixed media
    72 x 120 inches  |  2017

  • Object Heirloom, A Recipe Box and Sewing Box as Flower Beds, “Some of the pieces are really just threads.”

    hand-stitched quilts, ribbon, fabric dye, wood, resin, mixed media
    83 x 127 inches  |  2017

  • Black Swells

    antique quilts, ribbon and mixed media
    28 x 56 x 5 inches  |  2017

  • Inverted Bouquet Heirloom

    hand sewn quilt, ribbon, acrylic paint, resin, mixed media
    29 x 19 x 19 inches  |  2017

  • Impetus

    ribbon, resin, mixed media
    48 x 36 x 3 inches  |  2015

  • Burnpile

    ribbon, resin, mixed media
    48 x 36 x 3 inches  |  2015

  • Daybreak

    fabric, ribbon, mixed media
    84 x 72 x 5 inches  |  2013

VADIS TURNER Representation (2) Website CV

Nashville, TN | Painting, Mixed Media

Vadis Turner was born in 1977 in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a BFA and MFA from Boston University and has exhibited her work internationally. Her first solo museum exhibition was at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in 2017. Selected exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, New York; National Gallery, Prague and Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 21C Museum, Tennessee State Museum, Kentucky Arts and Crafts Museum and the Egon Schiele Art Centrum. Selected press features include The New York Times, Wallpaper Magazine, Burnaway, Elle Magazine, Vanityfair.com, Observer, Artnet.com and White Hot Magazine.

In 2016 Turner was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant. She has upcoming exhibitions at The Hunter Museum of American Art and the Carnegie Center for Art & History in 2018. She is represented by Geary Contemporary in NYC and Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN.

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Turner explores the transformative possibilities of feminist materials. Synthesizing abstract expressionism with women’s work, her works are equal parts art and heirloom.

Hand-dyed and recycled layers of ribbon, clothing and bedding are translated into brushstrokes. Each mark is hand sewn onto woven foundations, draped on a model or suspended in resin.

Turner’s compositions evolve from partnering female characters with specific environmental conditions. The weather becomes a feminine force and the figure is absorbed by the turning landscape.

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