patricia turner art

Charlotte Sun News October, 2016

Sarasota Herald Tribune October 2016


 “Viewpoints: All Sewn Up features multi-media works and an installation by Patricia Anderson Turner, who lives and works in Charlotte County. Her wall-mounted pieces (stitched constructions of hand-dyed papers, cotton and silk) confront such issues as gun control, the distortions of social media, the impact of rising coastlines on Florida, and the tortured legacy of the Iraq war. Turner’s “Assault on Orlando” installation defiantly addresses the recent, horrific Orlando nightclub shooting with 49 winged origami creatures taking exuberant flight above an immense Gay Pride flag. As a tragic counterpoint, her installation also incorporates a Sig Sauer MCX rifle, made from black lace and sequins.

Turner says that her art addresses issues of social, cultural, and political gravity. She utilizes familiar and iconic imagery, often of conflict and pain, and places these images within backgrounds that are exuberant and colorful to create “tension between the seriousness of the subject matter and the cheery playfulness of the presentation. My goal is to disrupt complacency, encourage dialogue, and even provoke the viewer to examine issues that affect us all. The act of creating helps to release my frustration over these difficult ailments of our age.” The artist’s works have been included in galleries and museums around the nation. Three of Turner’s works were featured in the 2016 University of Nebraska Press reference book “Quilts and Human Rights.” Her work has been purchased for the permanent collections of the Museum of Michigan State University, The Human Rights Art Exhibit, and Florida Southwestern State College as well as in private collections throughout the country. For more information, visit www.patriciaturnerart.com.   ​​

Nanette Crist, Art Editor Florida Weekly.

October 20, 2016 

Art Center Sarasota has two politically themed exhibits on now.  The first is Patricia Anderson Turner's "Viewpoints: All Sewn Up." I have long been a fan of Patricia's issue-oriented  fiber art.  Her "Assault on Orlando" includes images of the assault weapon and bullets used in the attack and pictures of each of the 49 victims. Bird-like creations hover above the work, which is installed on the floor of the gallery. Patricia told me the birds represent "the memories of their happier lives soaring in and out of her awareness" and that they are a way to remember the victims in a more positive manner. The wall card for the work reminds viewers that since the ban on assault weapons expired in 2004, there have been 14 mass shootings with assault weapons, including the killing of 20 elementary school children in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

 Detail from Turner's "Assault on Orlando"















Turner’s “Humpty Trumpty”


 

 









I of course loved Anderson's "Humpty Trumpty."  Accompanying this piece was a work reminiscent of the samplers of yore that read "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?" Turner provided a balanced view with other panels featuring parodies of Obama and Hillary and Bill, respectively. The related wall card notes that rhymes such as these that could be shared verbally were prevalent in repressive regimes in which dissent and criticism were cause for punishment. 

The main gallery features an exhibit entitled "Swing State" that runs through Nov. 25. If you have any question about which way Sarasota artists are leaning in this election, look no further.

 

 Nanette Crist, Art Editor Florida Weekly.

October 20, 2016

 

Art Center Sarasota has two politically themed exhibits on now.  The first is Patricia Anderson Turner's "Viewpoints: All Sewn Up." I have long been a fan of Patricia's issue-oriented  fiber art.  Her "Assault on Orlando" includes images of the assault weapon and bullets used in the attack and pictures of each of the 49 victims. Bird-like creations hover above the work, which is installed on the floor of the gallery. Patricia told me the birds represent "the memories of their happier lives soaring in and out of her awareness" and that they are a way to remember the victims in a more positive manner. The wall card for the work reminds viewers that since the ban on assault weapons expired in 2004, there have been 14 mass shootings with assault weapons, including the killing of 20 elementary school children in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

 

 

Detail from Turner's "Assault on Orlando"





Turner’s “Humpty Trumpty”

 

 

I of course loved Anderson's "Humpty Trumpty."  Accompanying this piece was a work reminiscent of the samplers of yore that read "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?" Turner provided a balanced view with other panels featuring parodies of Obama and Hillary and Bill, respectively. The related wall card notes that rhymes such as these that could be shared verbally were prevalent in repressive regimes in which dissent and criticism were cause for punishment. 

The main gallery features an exhibit entitled "Swing State" that runs through Nov. 25. If you have any question about which way Sarasota artists are leaning in this election, look no further.

 

 Nanette Crist, Art Editor Florida Weekly.

October 20, 2016

 

Art Center Sarasota has two politically themed exhibits on now.  The first is Patricia Anderson Turner's "Viewpoints: All Sewn Up." I have long been a fan of Patricia's issue-oriented  fiber art.  Her "Assault on Orlando" includes images of the assault weapon and bullets used in the attack and pictures of each of the 49 victims. Bird-like creations hover above the work, which is installed on the floor of the gallery. Patricia told me the birds represent "the memories of their happier lives soaring in and out of her awareness" and that they are a way to remember the victims in a more positive manner. The wall card for the work reminds viewers that since the ban on assault weapons expired in 2004, there have been 14 mass shootings with assault weapons, including the killing of 20 elementary school children in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

 

 

Detail from Turner's "Assault on Orlando"





Turner’s “Humpty Trumpty”

 

 

I of course loved Anderson's "Humpty Trumpty."  Accompanying this piece was a work reminiscent of the samplers of yore that read "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?" Turner provided a balanced view with other panels featuring parodies of Obama and Hillary and Bill, respectively. The related wall card notes that rhymes such as these that could be shared verbally were prevalent in repressive regimes in which dissent and criticism were cause for punishment. 

The main gallery features an exhibit entitled "Swing State" that runs through Nov. 25. If you have any question about which way Sarasota artists are leaning in this election, look no further.

 

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