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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

9.28.2010

Making Something Possible Out of the Impossible

[Walter Devereux (1539–1576), First Earl of Essex
British Painter, dated 1572, Oil on wood, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.]


[Ralph Lauren ads. Dress at right is from the Spring 2011 Collection.]


[Both works above by sculptor Elizabeth Turk. At left, Ribbon #18 (detail) and at right, Collar # 13.
Images via Lux Art Institute.]

[Work in Progress, Collar #9 by Elizabeth Turk, 2004. Image via The Mint Museum.]

Many thanks to Craig Hanson for sharing with me the list of 2010 MacArthur Fellows. Among the recipients is sculptor Elizabeth Turk, a woman known for transforming heavy marble into pieces that feel airy and, as described by the MacArthur Foundation, "textile-like."

 [Elizabeth Turk, Still from Huntington Pier DVD (Desert #2) 2003. Image via The Mint Museum.]

Turk's inspiration has come from the highly detailed collars associated with Elizabethan fashion, intricate lace, and patterns seen in the natural world. While completing a residency in Charlotte, NC, Turk studied the Mint Museum of Art's historic lace collection, making numerous drawings that served as a jumping off point for her series of sculptures, The Collars. And more recently she created a series of improbably fluid marble ribbons.

See more here, here and here. There is also a video here. For a look at her drawings, click here and scroll down.


Update 9.30.2010


Couldn't resist one more juxtaposition. The lace top is from Marc by Marc Jacobs via Shopbop and the sweater is by Catherine Malandrino. Turk's sculpture is via the Mint Museum from the past exhibition, The Collars: Tracings of Thought.

14 comments:

TSL said...

Wonderful, absolutely wonderful.

Terry said...

So where in Atlanta can we see Turk marbles?

Style Court said...

Terry -- Good question! At this point, I'm not sure.

Style Court said...

Just added a link to her drawings at the bottom of the post.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

This is a genius post, so inspired!

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Style Court said...

Glad you like it Alcira!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I read through this post ten times and each time looking at the images I kept thinking how brilliant you are. GENIUS.

Style Court said...

Oh gosh Laura! It's all Elizabeth's work. All I did was look and read a bit of background. But what a treat to hear that you re-read the post! As always, I really appreciate it :)

My Owl Barn said...

I stumbled across your blog and love it! I am amazed by Elizabeth's beautiful work. Thanks for the inspiring post!

Style Court said...

My Owl Barn,

Thank you! Happy you stopped by.

Janet said...

Turk is like a modern-day Grinling Gibbons!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Love seeing the artist at work!

Tokyo Jinja said...

All your posts are amazing, but this one is particulrly inspired!!!

Style Court said...

Thanks Tokyo Jinja!