VADIS TURNER Representation (2) Website CV
Nashville, TN | Painting, Mixed Media
Vadis Turner has synthesized the practice of painting with repurposed textiles. Her unconventional paintings engage gender roles and handicrafts in a contemporary context.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Turner received a BFA and MFA from Boston University and has exhibited her work internationally. Selected exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, New York; National Gallery, Prague; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Bass Art Museum, Miami, FL; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; National Museum of Trinidad; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C; as well as solo exhibitions at Geary Contemporary in New York and at David Lusk Gallery in Nashville, TN.
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. In 2013 she was an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design and Materials for the Arts in New York. In 2014, she was the Artist in Residence at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.
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.