My practice has consistently dealt with investigating psychological and emotional states within the metaphor of the landscape. I reference natural forms such as wind, tumbleweed, edges of canyons breaking apart, or the interior space of a garden as a way of creating immersive experiences for the viewer. Creating all of this work is a sort of spiritual act or devotion. The process of making them is an endless search for deliverance, clarity, quietness, joy, and an awakening to being present with the world.
These works function equally as memorials to the grandeur of the environment and the collapse of the landscape. I want the paintings and sculptures to be evocative of an intense presence and spontaneity. I do this through repetitive delicate lines, the subtlety in color transitions, and making the presence of the body felt through erasure, smudging, and scale.
Christine Turner (b. 1990, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois) received her BFA in Painting at Biola University in 2012 and in 2020 she will complete her MFA in Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Turner has already been included in various exhibitions, including ‘Between Friends’ at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and ‘Behind, Before: Christine Turner & Katie Wigglesworth’ at Leimin Space in Los Angeles. Turner currently lives and works between Chicago and Los Angeles.