Archaeology of the Soul is how artist Nancy Kay Turner describes the process of creating her mixed media pieces. In this fascinating studio visit and interview, Nancy shares stories about her philosophy, process, and the embedded narratives within her art that comes from a variety of materials she finds in thrift stores, saved remnants, and rescued materials passed on from others.
Nancy Kay Turner is a visual artist, art critic, and founder of the art collective Hana Kark. Bronx born, she fled New York for the sun and fun of California and has never looked back. A graduate of Queens College, the University of California at Berkeley, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she studied painting with Elmer Bischoff, Peter Saul and R.B. KItaj.
Turner has written critical reviews for ARTWEEK, ARTSCENE, Visions Magazine, Coagula Curatorial, Riot Material, Art and Cake, and Cultural Weekly. Her mixed-media work has been in local, national, international and traveling exhibits. Turner’s art is in private, public and corporate collections, including Warner Brothers Studios, ABC Studio and Chiat/Day Advertising Agency: and are seen in movies and television shows among them –Mom, Barry, Jane The Virgin, Transparent, How To Get Away With Murder, Lucifer and Hanging Up. ARTPIC gallery represents Turner.
Turner’s work is in Collage Care: Transforming Emotions and Life Experiences With Collage, We Are Home: Community Quilt Project, Art Doesn’t Have To Match Your Sofa, Volume #3, She Votes, Studio Visit, Volume 47,The Power of Feminist Art, Crossing The Borders: Feminism and the Art of Social Concern, Cultural Deconstructions: Critical Issues in Collage, Life Drawing: A Sketchbook and Textbook, A Community Of Angels. Her essays are in the “Perceive Me” Catalog and her review Southern Discomfort: The Photographs of Sally Mann is in the first print issue of Riot Material. A transcription of her artist lecture at The Oceanside Museum of Art, on the artist Roland Reiss is archived at The Smithsonian Museum. Turner lives in Pasadena with her husband Hoyt Hilsman and maintains a studio in DTLA and in Pasadena.