Black ball point pen on paper
12.5″ x 15.5″
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The predominant concerns of my work are the subjective nature of memory, the situational interpretation of identity, and the psychological dynamics inherent in personal relationships. I am interested in creating images that evoke a mood, and suggest a narrative, but do not dictate a singular, literal apprehension of that narrative.
My pieces, which include paintings and works on paper in a variety of media, often start with photographs of my family, and of locations from my childhood, as their initial reference source. Sections of my reference photos are edited, reconfigured, and reinterpreted to create new images. This process begins intuitively. Choice of color is often expressive, rather than naturalistic, to steer a viewer toward an emotional tone or mood. Handling of mark may be gestural, or transparent in certain areas of a composition, while more deliberately rendered, or opaque in others to accentuate particular visual information. Titles for most pieces are created with an intent to influence possible interpretation. These formal decisions are meant to encourage contemplation of the work, rather than to define its uncompounded meaning.
A memory of an event can sometimes differ from its recording, as preserved through photographic means.
I find that memory is shifting and ambiguous, as the significance of past events can alter through the filter of hindsight. A joyful occasion may be tinged with sadness upon closer examination of its context. A similar sort of ambiguity frequently persists in ongoing relationships. Love may coexist with resentment, for example. As I explore this ambivalence from an autobiographical point of view, I hope to create images that can be seen as metaphor, resonant with a more universal experience, while remaining personal and specific, as well.
All proceeds of Joseph Turner’s artwork to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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