WHO IS SHE
Courtney Turner is an emerging contemporary artist. Through using a unique combination of rug hooking and painting in her art practice, she is investigating her own personal identity, her struggles while living with chronic illness and reconnecting with her child self. Through her artwork, Turner honours and portrays the comforts of her life while navigating through the otherwise uncomfortable concepts of her journey of healing her mind, body and soul.
Turner was born raised from settler ancestry on the unceded and ancestral territory of Mi'kma'ki/Nova Scotia, Canada.
She completed her BFA in Textiles & Fashion at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in May, 2020.
I consider my artwork to be my greatest form of communication, as it explains my thoughts, my feelings and emotions to myself and to those who see it. Perhaps it is that most of these thoughts and feelings simply can’t be expressed any other way. By creating art focusing on my identity, on matters of my physical and mental well-being, I am able to work through complicated matters, using mediums that bring me comfort and joy. I am hopeful that this may inspire others to do the same, as I believe creating is incredibly beneficial on the journey to healing the mind, body and soul. To remain authentic to myself, I often try to channel my child-self, for I consider her to be my truest self. I gain a lot of my inspiration and insight from her.
I have always been fascinated with capturing the human form on canvas, whether it be through self-portraiture, portraits or figural works. It is a very special experience to paint someone, whether it be myself or another individual. Not only are we celebrating their physical form, but I also I feel that through the painting process aspects of ourselves are revealed that are otherwise hard to capture. For me, the act of painting has always flowed effortlessly through my body – a passionate dance shared between my intuition and physical body. I do however consider myself to be an eclectic, mixed-media artist and often use elements of textiles and fashion, sculpture, drawing and collage within my work as well.