Vadis Turner
American, born 1977
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Selected exhibitions
2018
States of Matter,
Zeitgeist
2016
Bells & Burn Piles,
Geary
2013
Vadis Turner: Past Perfection,
Geary

"My time, like generations of women before me, is judged by what I make with my hands," writes artist Vadis Turner. Turner makes installations, textiles, and mixed-media pieces that incorporate traditionally feminine materials such as ribbons, lingerie, fabric, even tampons. Deliberately handcrafted, they reference a class of labor long considered women's work. Her tactile methods, which include sewing and quilting, are often subversively employed, as delicate materials accumulate into grotesque surfaces; an abundance of ribbons creates a stew of mottled color on the surface of a canvas. She also frequently repurposes domestic tools associated with motherhood into seductive garments: wax paper is fashioned into a lacy lingerie set. Several works question the significance of milestones like weddings and graduations, such as Vanity (My Beautiful Education) (2008), which …

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