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Turner, Vadis

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Storm Fire
Acrylic on Canvas, Mixed Media




Working with traditional forms of craft, Vadis Turner has developed a language that re-imagines rites of passage and the classification of heirlooms in a contemporary context. In 2009 she made a series of contemporary heirlooms that comprised her Dowry. During her dowry research, she became interested in how subjects and spaces are adorned for transformational ceremonies. Culturally specific adornments idealize and purify subjects as they transcend from their current identity into a new identity. They simultaneously embody a climax and a demise. The rite of passage isolates the brief state of in-between. Turner’s current work synthesizes her mixed media palette with her painting background. Ceremonial adornments are partnered with destructive agents to generate compositions that are in a similar state of transition. Satin ribbons and flowers are fixed in a stilled state decay inspired by stages of fire, mold or submergence. The union engages, consumes and repurposes the materials. The mixed media paintings capture the dark beauty of change and loss.

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Primrose Path Engulfed in Smoke


68 x 65 in.



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Red Candy & Black Mold


60 x 60 in.


Acrylic on Canvas, Mixed Media



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Red Mold Melt


43 x 36 in.


Acrylic on Canvas, Mixed Media



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Storm Fire


45 x 36 in.


Acrylic on Canvas, Mixed Media



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Mold Nest


20 x 14 in.


Acrylic on Canvas, Mixed Media



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Cake MOld


20 x 14 in.


Acrylic on Canvas, Mixed Media


   
       

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