"Nature Constructed," by May Artist-in-Residence Tiffanie Turner
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, Fridays until 8:45 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception: Friday May 27, 2016, 6–8:30 pm
Tiffanie Turner works in paper to explore nature and botany in full bloom and decay in both large and small scales. Her paper flowers, some measuring 40 inches wide, involve individually cutting hundreds of various sized ruffled crepe paper petals before affixing each by hand. During her month-long residency, museum visitors are invited to work on a giant communal botanical paper sculpture, learning how to stretch the paper into the proper shape and adhere it to the flower. The first two weeks will be spent creating something vibrant and beautiful, and the last two weeks will focus on taking the piece to a state of decay, inviting visitors to return to the gallery toward the end of the residency to see the piece's transformation.
Turner is an artist, architect, mother, wife, performer, and author of the upcoming book, Papel: The Fine Art of Botanical Paper Craft. Her work in paper stems from her background as an architect, particularly from her interest in construction and repetitive motifs, along with her lifelong passion for flowers and botanical drawings. She has exhibited at Rare Device, Paxton Gate, and Bedford Gallery and has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Craft Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, HI-FRUCTOSE, and LAB Magazine. More of her work can be seen online at www.papelsf.com, and next August at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA. Turner teaches workshops in her various botanical paper techniques around the country.
Photo: Tiffanie Turner, Dutch Study 1, paper mâché and Italian crepe paper, 2015. 29 x 14 in. Photo by Oliver Vazquez
The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.