Gloria Steinmen said “Religion is Politics in the sky.” I always thought she said “Religion is Patriarchy in the sky.” I was close, but the quotation I imagined more accurately describes the roots of my work.
I am interested in the intersection of religion, patriarchy, feminism and domesticity. As a storyteller, I unravel and reword old myths. As a visual artist, I unravel and recycle old textiles and transform them into new icons for new myths.
Janice Turner has worked in the arts since 1991. She has been writer, creator and performer as a storyteller, puppeteer, clown and visual artist. Turner has performed, designed and built puppets, theatres, props and costumes.
Throughout Turner’s career the underlying thread has been her feminist values. This feminism informs the stories she tells in each of her chosen mediums.
Currently Turner is delving into the influence of her childhood religion and feminism. She is fusing together discarded textiles, domestic objects and human hair to tell Her story. Turner is creating icons for “The Mother’s House”.
2017 The Art of Politics, Juried Exhibition Propeller Gallery 2017 Feminist Art Conference, OCADU Toronto ON 2016 OSA Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition Toronto ON 2014 Once Again Many, Times More East Marion NY 2013 Rock Art and the Xray Style Brooklyn NY
2014 The Motherhouse, Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre Other
2011 Eve/Lilith self published book
2011-2013 performed/told Eve-Lilith story
2011 Walkable Textile Labyrinth unveiling at Aurora Community Centre