Different bodies, different works: ‘Bodies of Work: Art in Series’ opens Friday night, April 4, 2014 at the Gallery Underground featuring 43 members of the Arlington Artists Alliance. The idea is to provide artists the opportunity to show work that is linked by a cohesive theme.
In this review, one artist of note is an example of independence, and known for her break-away and distinctive styles.
In the instance of Kathy Turner, you can’t pigeonhole this painter. At one gallery you may see vivid portraits of dynamic characters. At another, you might see a 3D sculpture and illustration. When I first encountered her work several years ago at Artomatic, she was showing some items that you will see at Gallery Underground that are a part of her found and repurposed objects series.
Kathy Turner bio
- Studied architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
- Degree in Fine Art from Towson State University, Towson, MD.
- Studied Japanese woodblock printing in Tokyo Japan.
- Worked as a decorative painter for Degage in McLean, VA.
- Member of Arlington Artist Alliance and Del Ray Artisans.
- Has exhibited and won awards for art for Arlington Artists Alliance, Del Ray Artisans, Arlington County Library art exhibits, Artisans Gallery in Middleburg NY, Capital Hill Art League, Artomatic and more.
Temporal Series Statement
"This series of art works developed from my fascination with the discarded remnants of civilization that I could find in the woods near my home and along the banks of the Pimmit Run stream. The rich texture and patina that metal attains as it ages in a natural environment, and of stone as it wears away, spoke to me of the fragility of humanity. I wanted to emphasize how ephemeral our lives are by contrasting these coarse worn surfaces with depictions of soft naked flesh. Each piece tells a slightly different temporal story."
List of work shown with descriptions.
2. Out of Eden
3. Fallen Angel
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"She was a great French beauty, and she used her looks to live in luxury, but only so long as her looks survived the passage of time. Madonna of the Rock: the name is a play upon the name of the da Vinci painting called the Virgin of the Rocks, but this nude is not so virginal perhaps and she lies nestled within the curve of the stone."
2. Out of Eden
"This naked Eve may have been cast out of Eden for her transgressions, but she does not appear to feel guilt over it as she looks boldly and even confrontationally at the viewer. She has made her bed, and harsh though it may be, she will lie in it."
3. Fallen Angel
"A naked winged man lies huddled in a fetal position, curled up in a pile of dried leaves. I imagined that he was once high and mighty, but through foolish acts he has fallen in shame, and now is hiding his face. I was recalling all of the recent political figures who have been caught in various dalliances and fallen in shame."
"Two nude women kneel facing each other, one is largely pregnant and her head tips down to her belly. They are depicted in a setting of ancient ruins and glyphs, including turtles – and the form of the metal resembles a turtle shell as well. The American Indian cultures tell a story of how earth was created on the back of a turtle and populated by the offspring of the daughter of the Great Spirit. So this piece represents that creation and the generations that will follow.: 2 nude women kneel facing each other, one is largely pregnant and her head tips down to her belly. They are depicted in a setting of ancient ruins and glyphs, including turtles – and the form of the metal resembles a turtle shell as well. The American Indian cultures tell a story of how earth was created on the back of a turtle and populated by the offspring of the daughter of the Great Spirit. So this piece represents that creation and the generations that will follow."