"Inhuman Trafficking"

2015

12 feet x 40 x 40


"Bob (got drafted)'
44” x 32”
2007

 

This piece depicts the sad day in February of 1970 when

Captain Robert K. Anderson of the United States Air Force,

my brother, was buried. 

The five chairs represent the five remaining members

of our family and how distraught we were in our grief

………and yet at the same time........

                                unable to share our pain with one another.



NFS

"Ghost Panther"

34 x 43" soft art

2015

$2400


A “ghost panther” roams the hardwood hammock of the Big Cypress Preserve.  Able to leap15 feet vertically and 45 feet horizontally, she requires 200 sq. miles to survive. We must support land acquisition, biodiversity, and increased wildlife road crossings before our panther fades into extinction.


"Mid Atlantic Festival" Hampton, VA 

February 2016

World Quilt Florida, January 7 - 9 2016

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL
"Environmentally Engaged" Lighthouse ArtCenter and Museum, Tequesta, FL September & October, 2015
"Florida Flavor" Third Annual Statewide All Media Exhibit, July and August 2015

 


​​"Socia Media Suction"
40" x 30"  Gallery Wrapped

2015


Dunedin Fine Arts Center "Growth" 6/9 - 8/18,  2017  catalog

"Something New" SAQA online Winter Journal 2016
Arts & Cultural Alliance National Juried Exhibit of 2016
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Ft Myers, FL

"Art Council of Southwest Florida Biennial"  Sidney Berne Davis Art Center, Ft Myers River Arts District, Ft Myers, FL February, 2016

"Generations" Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL

December 2015

Dye painted paper over dyed silk, stitched; 3 dimensional fabric and paper vacuum and figures; varnished
An amazing 1.3 billion people worldwide are active monthly users of Facebook; they spend an average of 18 minutes per use. I have tried to wrap my head around just how that translates into real time.

That adds up to 393 million hours per month, or enough time to
        Assemble, from start to finish, more than 17 million Cadillacs….per month!   

Or fly around the earth on a commercial plane nearly 11 million times….per month!
        Or enough hours spent in the college classroom to obtain a Bachelor’s degree for 3 million students….per month!
Does anyone think we are wasting our precious time?


"Hot & Exhausted"


30 x 30" Soft Art

2006

$2400

 

Our planet is suffering from heat exhaustion. Observe planet earth based on a EUMETSAT satellite image of earth’s air masses taken on September 4, 2006. Toy cars circling the planet represent our childlike oblivion to the consequences of burning fossil fuels. Our exhaust emissions are altering the very fabric of our atmosphere. 


Juried Exhibit:
"Different View" Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL  May & June 2015 "Art of the Quilt", Ft Myers, Florida: September/October 2008 Juried Exhibit: “The Sky’s the Limit” Houston, TX:  2007 Chicago, IL: 2008 Long Beach, CA: 2008 First Place: National Internet Challenge “The Hole Thing”:  2007 First Place: The Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers, FL 2006

"The All American Vote Market Exchange"

2012

polymer clay, plastic, fiber


The November 2011 US Presidential election reflected a

country at odds with itself.

Political parties sought votes by spending

outlandish amounts of money via Political Action Committees

on focus groups, attack ads, and "robo" calls.  

Potential votes were calculated by

equations that reflected their cost to sway.

My "All-American Vote Market Exchange" is an arena,

similar to our stock market exchange,

where votes per dollar can be calculated

with graphs similar to changing stock tickers.  

Vote "brokers" watch raptly while protesters

from the far right and the far left rally outside.  


I sincerely hope I have poked fun at everyone.


Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL 2011



"DARkly FURgotten"

30 x 40" Soft Art

2009
Permanent collection Museum of Michigan State University


A doctor described treating this Darfur (now South Sudan)
woman for wounds to her wrists; she had been hung from a tree,raped and
tortured by the Janjaweed militia for three days.
I have sewn her amidst a sea of trees representing Darfur’s countless victims.
She holds a replica of Earth based on a satellite image of our planet’s sand storms
and asks “will our story remain darkly forgotten?”

All proceeds from this work, to include prize money and  purchase
price, have been donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Purchased for the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Michigan State University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, 2014

Publication: “Quilts and Human Rights” University of Nebraska Press, 2016

Publication: Studio Art Quilt Associates Winter Journal 2009
Second Place:  Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL 2008
Quilt Odyssey Shippensburg, PA  2008

Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival XXIV, Hampton, VA 2009


"Syria Circles the Drain"

30 x 30" x 2" Gallery Wrapeed
2011

available for sale


The Syrian Uprising began in 2011; in April of that year the
Syrian Army fired on demonstrators across the country. 

I made this piece after seeing a photo of
men, women, and children in burial shrouds lined up in the streets with their apartments burning in the background.
Rebellion seemed inevitable. Over a hundred thousand have been killed to date, four million have been displaced, three million have
left their country, millions are facing shortages of food
and water, some are facing death by starvation. 
Countless have been tortured.

Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL 2011






 “Mud Cookies”

28” x 54”  Soft Art
2009

Permanent collection Museum of Michigan State University


Poor Haitian women mix dirt and clay with salt and shortening to make a food staple they call "mud cookies".

The dirt mixture is formed into small round shapes, baked on tarps in the sun, and sold at markets.  

Many pregnant Haitian women rely on mud cookies for their daily sustenance.

Inspired by communications with and the photography of Ms. Ariana Cubillos, who lives in
 Port-au-Prince and documents the sad reality of mud cookies.
 All proceeds from this work, to include prize money and  purchase
price, have been donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Purchased for the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Michigan State University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, 2014
Publication: “Quilts and Human Rights” University of Nebraska Press, 2016
 First Place: Art Center of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL: 2011
Second Place: Fall
Exhibit, Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL: 2010
Mancuso Show Management World Show, Manchester: NH 2009
Mancuso Show Management, West Palm Beach: FL 2009

"Wallowa Mountain Wildfire"

27 x 17

2012

$800

Wildfires across our country are increasing at an alarming pace.  Longer, larger, and fiercer

wildfires that were once attributed to changes in land use are now believed to be caused by climate change.
Higher temperatures, hotter years, early snowmelts,
widespread drought, and increased disease-causing infestations are creating a
veritable explosion in wildfires.

"Different View" Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL  May & June 2015

SAQA Fiber Art Exhibit, Denver Mart, Denver CO 

April 30 - May 2 2015 

Featured on PBS Crossroads episode “Fabric of Florida” 2013
Publication:  Machine Quilting Unlimited 2012 Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL 2012 Honorable Mention 





"RIG OVER TROUBLED WATER"

38" x 17" soft art

2012

$1200

 


It has been years since the oil spill disaster in the 
Gulf of Mexico from British Petroleum's Macondo well.
Waves from recent hurricanes have exposed oil
​matched to the Macondo disaster; oil that scientists
​say has “barely degraded”.   It is the “gift” that keeps on giving.


"Environmentally Engaged" Lighthouse ArtCenter and Museum, Tequesta, FL September & October, 2015
"Different View" Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL  May & June 2015
"First Annual Florida Flavor "Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL 2013​
"Viva Florida" Elliot Museum, Stuart, FL 2013
Featured on PBS Crossroads episode “Fabric of Florida” 2013
Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL 2012: Award 

"Aftermath: Abu Ghraib"

30 x 40"  
2013
Permanent Collection of the "Human Rights Art Exhibit

McAllen, Texas and on tour


Photographs taken of the atrocities committed by the US

military at the Iraqi prison of Abu Ghraib in 2008 were broadcast around the world.

The tortured prisoner in my pieces is a non-military professor of

theology named Ali Shalal, often referred to as

“The Man Behind the Hood”.

​In my work, he wears the universal “V” mask of protest and rebellion superimposed on his hooded face; he represents the repercussions of the dishonorable chapter in our country’s history.

 

Tenth Annual "Human Rights Art Exhibit" South Texas College

McAllen, Texas  March 23 - April 24, 2015

www.humanrightsartexhibit.com

and to remain in the permanent collection

travel date information to follow


Featured in the Museum of Michigan State University’s book
“Quilts and Human Rights”,
published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2016

Fort Myers Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers, FL 2013
 

 

"Drippin’ On Down The Drain”


30 x 40 x 1 3/4" Gallery Wrapped

2014

$2400
As of ten years ago, the average United States resident used
176 gallons of water daily; this is compared to the average African resident who uses 5 gallons per day.  The average
distance that women in developing countries walk each day in order to collect water is four miles.  These figures are quoted from a United Nations report which also predicts that by 2025, 180 million people worldwide will live in “Absolute water scarcity”.
I try to remind myself of this each time I run the shower,
brush my teeth, wash my vegetables.
How easy and how plentiful for us………………..and yet how
precious to the world.


"Environmentally Engaged" Lighthouse ArtCenter and Museum, Tequesta, FL September & October, 2015"

Different View" Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL  May & June 2015

The Bridge Gallery, Denver CO:  January through May 2015

 Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL:  January and February 2014 

Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL:  July and August, 2014

"High Frequency Trading"

30" x 40" x 1 3/4" Gallery Wrapped

2014

$2400
High frequency trading (HFT) may not be the most egregious
of Wall Street’s many, many abuses but it IS emblematic of a deeper crisis in our markets and among our market regulators.
The wealthiest one percent in our country are able to devise
innumerable ways to skim money from a disappearing middle class.  It is
a self-perpetuating cycle; the rich have the money to devise the scams while the unwary get misled and  scammed.
Our Securities and Exchange Commission is toothless.
The economic chasm widens with alarming speed while our legislators look the other way.

Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center

"Mayhem, Chaos, Confusion" Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL

October, 2014

Annual Statewide all media "Florida Flavor" Art Center Sarasota July/August 2014​
​Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Gallery, Port Charlotte, FL  April, 2014 

"Tell Me a Story" Foundry Art Center,

St Charles, MO  June 16 -July 28, 2017
Art Center Sarasota
"Viewpoints: All Sewn Up"
October - December 2016


Hill and Bill won’t be happy until
they’re living once more in the White House 
But her emails were bleached
And her husband impeached 
Will Bill ever become the first First Spouse?

Refugees Risking the Seas

30 x 40 x 2"  GW

$2800  (and as triptych)


De-constructed and reconstructed life jackets over artist dyed paper stitched onto artist dyed silk

Syrian refugees, having braved the Aegean Sea, abandon their lie jackets in the shallows.

Life jackets serve as a metaphor for the lives they are shedding, hoping to be welcomed into a new country, into a new and safe life.


Dunedin Fine Arts Center "Growth" 6/9 - 8/18,  2017

catalog

Florida Artists Group 66th Annual Exhibit and Symposium" Art Center of Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs, FL  April 1 - 29

catalog

"Arts and Cultural Alliance's National Juried Exhibition of 2016" the Emporium Art Center, Knoxville, TN  February 5 - 26,  2016
Catalog available

"What Lies Beneath" Art Center Sarasota
December till January 16, 2016

​​

"Devolution"

2016

24 x 30 GW

​In the last few millennium of the relatively brief history of humans on this planet, we have invented a new reason to slaughter one another, namely religion. This has been true, not just in our current Middle East political and social fiasco, but throughout the centuries and in the name of most religious beliefs.

Could it be that our misguided beliefs in a “Higher Power” will be the very reason we wreak havoc on humanity and cease our evolution?

"Notes"  Sidney Berne Davis Art Center, Ft Myers River Arts District, Ft Myers, FL

May, 2016


"Earth's Super Heroes Battle Ebola In Liberia"

33" x 65"     2015  

$4800

We've all grown up with fictional stories of Supermen and Wonder Women and how their super powers save mere mortals from certain disaster and death.  But we truly do have real life super heroes among us; the doctors and support staff of Doctors Without Borders.  They traverse the earth wherever and whenever needed to face down earthquakes, tsunamis, the ravages of war, and the the threat of pandemic.

They work tirelessly to save mere mortals from themselves and from Mother Nature.

They are, indeed, Earth's Super Heroes.


FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art

Honorable Mention

"PNQE XXII",  Expo Center, Philadelphia, PA, September 17 - 20, 2015

Blue Ribbon for Best Use of Embellishments

"Different View" Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL  May & June 2015

"DNQF X", Denver Mart, Denver, CO April 30 - May 2, 2015

Honorable Mention, Innovative

"Destination Savannah" Trade and Convention Center, Savannah, GA March 26 - 29 2015

"Fresh" Art Center Sarasota, January 29 - March 6, 2015

World Quilt Show - Florida, West Palm Beach, FL  January 2015

"Hashtag Heil ISIS"
​36" x 24” x 1 3/4"
Gallery Wrapped 2014
$2400
With an impressive command of the internet, the savage brutality of the Third Reich, and the leftover spoils of the US Military incursion, ISIS has indeed become our global nightmare.

"At the Heart of It" Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL March and April 2015

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"Cellular Skyline"

30 x 40 GW

2014

Dunedin Fine Arts Center "Growth" 6/9 - 8/18,  2017
catalog

Merit Award "Citiscapes"  February 2017

Coral Springs Art Museum February, 2017

Art Center Sarasota catalog

Sidney Berne Davis Art Center


Cell phones…………….we just HAVE to have them. Ninety percent of us own one. Fifty eight percent of us own a smart phone. Sixty percent of  us check our phones for no particular reason. Forty four percent  of us have slept with our cell at our bedside.  Cell towers are the new skyline of our age. 

2016 Election Nursery Rhyme Triptych

"Day At The Beach"

15 x 30 GW

2016

“Day At The Beach” is a plea for all of us in this country to accept war torn refugees; it is a plea to reject hatred, bigotry and fear.  I stitched 340 words into this small piece, see www.patriciaturnerart.com

A portion reads:  “Why do we do not rise with One United Voice of Protest when a major political figure publicly states that we should not only ban refugees but, gee, let’s go ahead and ban ALL Muslims……….all billion plus of them………..because, wow, you never know when someone fleeing death and famine and torture might show up at your doorstep with an AK 47.”

"Positive/Negative Curated" Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee University, Johnson City TN

Curator Dr Anja Foerschner of the Getty Art Research Institute

March 13 - April 7, 2017

"Displacement and Migration" St Louis Artists Guild, Oak Knoll Mansion, April and May 2017
"Art Advocacy Speaks: Art For Social Change, Pittsburgh, PA   September     2016

"Notes" Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Ft Myers, FL    May 2016


"Assault on Orlando"

Installation

Art Center Sarasota

October - December 2016

"Kidnapped: Read Our Names"


84" x 16" x 16"

2014


It has been months since 220 Chobok girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamic extremist group, and not a single girl has been rescued.

Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck rejected an offer to exhange the girls for Boko Haram prisoners.  It is believed the terrorist group, who have established a caliphate in Nigeria, are seeking to align with ISIS.


In my piece, I have used the traditional Nigerian headscarf, or gele, on an anonymous and faceless girl who stands on books that are chained and locked.

I have sewn more than 180 of their names (not all names were released)  first and last, onto silk placards that drape to the floor.  As I free motion stitched the girls names, I could feel their fright and their family's anguish.


It is reported that Boko Haram has sold each one of the girls as "child brides" for the equivalent of $12.50 USD.


Annual Statewide all media "Florida Flavor" Art Center Sarasota July/August 2014​

Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL may 2014

People's Choice Award

Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda FL December 2014


Art Center Sarasota
"Viewpoints: All Sewn Up"
October - December 2016


Bah Bah Black Pres it’s a mystery
How you’ll be remembered
how you’ll go down historically
Will you be minted on coin
Printed on currency?
Or will the fact that you are black be your biggest Legacy?

"Mayhem in the Middle East"

40 x 30" gallery wrapped

2014

$2400

 For decades I have listened to administrations from both political 
parties urge us to action in the Middle East to “protect our vital
interests”.
Vital to whom? Vital to protect our homeland from foreign invaders? Vital to the education of our children? Vital to the health and well being of our citizenry? Or is it vital to protect an energy source that is, in fact,
contributing to our planet’s climate change………….oil…………
​and the companies
​who benefit financially from its continued use?


"Art As Politics" Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC

August, 2016 catalog

"LaGrange First Annual Art Exhibit" LaGrange Art Museum,

LaGrange, GA FL February - April, 2016 catalog available

"FL3TCH3R: Socially and Politically Engaged Art"
Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN  October  through December   2015

Juror  J.Ogden, Prof of Art, Spalding University and Kentucky School of Art:
gallery catalog available
"Mayhem, Chaos, Confusion" Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL

October, 2014

Annual Statewide all media "Florida Flavor" Art Center Sarasota July/August 2014​​


"Viewpoints: All Sewn Up" solo exhibit, 

Front Gallery, Art Center Sarasota, FL

October through December 2016

"Tell Me a Story" Foundry Art Center, 

St Charles, MO  June 16 -July 28, 2017

Art Center Sarasota

"Viewpoints: All Sewn Up"

October - December 2016


Humpty Trumpty wanted a Wall
And he wanted our neighbors to pay for it all
He thinks we’re dumb asses
‘cause we pay our taxes
His opinion of women is Neanderthal
 Will November bring his curtain call?


 "Post Traumatic Stress Demons"

2014
34" x 22" soft art ​
$2400“
“Although Post Traumatic Stress Disorder statistics vary widely, the Congressional Research Service estimates that among Iraq and Afghanistan Army war veterans PTSD is as high as 67%.  Statistics relating to military PTSD may vary but all studies agree on this: PTSD, depression, and suicide have increased at alarming rates among our nation’s veterans.  Due to woefully inadequate funding, our
Veteran’s Administration has proved itself incapable of
addressing these unseen wounds of war.
How long… and at what ultimate human cost… will we allow these demons to go untreated?”.
"Sacred Threads"
Juried international exhibit
Herndon, VA (just outside DC) July 2017
Catalog
"Stitched! Embracing the Quilt As Art"
Stuart Courthouse Gallery Juror Rosalie Dace
​January and February 2017 Catalog
"The Engaged Object" Foothills Art Center Golden,Co

Catalog available January 2016

"PNQE XXII", Expo Center, Philadelphia, PA September 17 - 20, 2015
Third Place, Fiber Art"

"29th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition" 

Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers, FL June 5 - June 27, 2015

"DNQF X", Denver Mart, Denver, CO April 30 - May 2, 2015

"Destination Savannah",Trade and Convention Center, Savannah, Georgia

March 26 - 29, 2015

"Coming Home" Exhibit, Art Center Sarasota, August, September, & October,  2014

Award

Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL December, 2014

​Award

Inappropriate Remarks May Result in Your Arrest”
36” x 41”
2008

Private collection of Jeremy and Cassandra Caverly

 While waiting in the Houston airport last fall, I heard a
computerized loudspeaker voice repeat this
message every few minutes: ”Our current threat level is……orange. 
Inappropriate remarks may result in your arrest”. These words caused me to think about exactly what I would consider to be an inappropriate remark.

To paraphrase Ben Franklin,

“Those who would sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither”.
 

patricia turner art

“Florida’s Flooded Future”
30” x 24” x 1 5/8”

Private collection
Mixed media
 
By mid century, Florida barrier islands will be awash and abandoned; low lying coastal and Everglades areas will flood on a regular basis.   We will lose our freshwater resources, our infrastructure will begin to fail, and catastrophic storm surges will increase.  The fractured Greenland ice sheet melt will accelerate exponentially.  By the end of the century, large swaths of Florida will be uninhabitable. 

Are we ready?


"Mission Accomplished"

Wall installation

Art Center Sarasota